Help On The Way: North Texans Respond to Nepal Disaster

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NORTH TEXAS - The quake in Nepal was on the other side of the world, but plenty of folks around here are feeling the effects.

"People started getting up to go to work - they started seeing missed calls on their cell phones," said Bhuwan Acharya, President of the Nepalese Society of Texas, "Some of them found their close family... gone.  That was heartbreaking."

Acharya has been working around the clock at the Nepali Cultural and Spiritual Center in Irving, collecting donations and organizing disaster relief efforts.

According to Acharya, "There is a need of so many other things needed than money - medical supplies, food, sanitary towels, water..."

A team of 30 volunteers is making the 8000+ mile trek to Nepal on Wednesday, to bring life-saving supplies to ground zero, where many have family members stuck in a disaster zone.

Meanwhile, folks like Sharon Banks of Hunt County are trying to get their loved ones back home to Texas.

"I get a text and she goes 'Oh my God, I've just experienced an avalanche," recalls Banks, "I didn't hear from her for almost three days."

Her daughter Danielle - a graduate of Allen High School and Texas A&M - was climbing Mount Everest when the earthquake and avalanche hit, leaving her trapped at the top of the world.

"I didn't know if she was dead or alive," her mother Sharon said, "Until finally two and a half days later, I get a text saying that she's okay, she's alive."

Alive and lucky!  Danielle will be flying home on Saturday.

For those who survived but won't be leaving on the next flight, donations can make all the difference.  To donate money or supplies, click here.