Mom survives Sandy; Daughter dealing with south side Indy blast

Mardena McGlacken and Judith Knight were grateful for the extra love and attention.
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Victims of two different disasters - Superstorm Sandy and the Indianapolis explosion - are in the same family.

While visiting with people in need of help following the south side explosion, Eyewitness News met a mother who survived Superstorm Sandy and her daughter now dealing with the aftermath of that explosion.

Southport Presbyterian Church has served as a hub of help and activity over the last two days. The donations have really piled up. From bottled water to tables of baby supplies, stuffed animals and clothing and shoes, there's a little bit of everything here.

In addition to providing supplies and the basic necessities, church members arrived early to cook breakfast for the victims. On the menu: homemade scrambled eggs, pancakes, ham, hot coffee, cereal and donuts.

Mardena McGlacken and Judith Knight were grateful for the extra love and attention. Her mother was recently displaced from her home in Maryland by Hurricane Sandy and came to Indianapolis to take a break.

"We had lots of snow and wind," said Knight, describing Sandy.

"I jjust can't believe how much stuff was collected so quickly. Unbelievable!" said McGlacken.

As far as dropping off more donations, the Red Cross, which initially set up the shelter, says they don't need anymore stuff. They'd prefer the monetary donations on their website. But the senior pastor here says they'll continue to accept anything people want to give.

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Indy Fire Rescue House - Make a monetary donation to this non-profit that provides a place to live for families displaced by fire. You can also send them gift cards to distribute to victims.