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Local family raising money for loved ones in West, Texas

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Two thousand miles away from their hometown, an Aloha family is trying to raise money for the victims of the West, TX, fertilizer plant explosion.

"It is hard being here this far away but I'm just glad we were able to communicate with our family," said Brenda King.

King and her husband, Mark, are sweethearts from West Texas High School.

"It's a great place to be from," Mark King said.

Tonight their family and friends in West are displaced, sleeping in churches and hotels as investigators comb through the massive crime scene.

"It really makes you homesick. I really wish I could be there to help," Mark King said.

Brenda King's mother was one of the 160 people injured by the blast. She was inside her home about a mile from the plant when a tremor from the explosion caused her to lose her balance and fall.

Mark King says his brother was best friends with a first responder who was confirmed dead inside the plant.

"It really hit my brother hard," he said. "He won't even go into town."

In nearby Waco, Texans are stepping up. The lines to donate blood stretch around the block, but the Kings say most of their relatives just need somewhere to sleep.

"I haven't spoken to anybody who's been able to come back home," Mark King said.

The Kings are asking for people to donate to the Waco Chapter of the Red Cross.

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