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Community comes together to help one another after deadly Baltimore explosion

Posted at 4:11 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 17:50:21-04

BALTIMORE — Debilitating heat, three houses gone and lives lost, it seems like an insurmountable disaster but this is Baltimore and people help out.

Of course the Red Cross and some government agencies came here, but one women took it on her own shoulders to make a difference.

When Ruwaydah Amim saw the explosion yesterday, visions of September 11 came back to her. As a 14 year old, she wanted to do something for the people in New York but felt helpless.

"Do what you gotta do. I couldn’t make it to New York for that but I’m right here in Baltimore, literally right here in my zip code," she said.

She called her boss right away and said I have to come here and help.

"She was fine," Amim explained. "She said we’re one Baltimore, we’re together. Get to work when you get to work, it’s fine."

Theresa Pankey told her grandson to get off the video games to help out. School may not be in session yet but Pankey had some lessons to share.

"I wanted him to learn that he is suppose to take care of his city no matter what and help out," she explained.

The Red Cross and other organizations set up along side of Amim. She tells WMAR she will be here as long as there is a need.