Ways to help crash victims

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- The North Central Florida community is lending a helping hand following the tragic crash on I-75 that took place Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Pentecostals of Gainesville is offering assistance to the families of the victims. According to Pastor Jimmy Toney, himself and members will be providing the victims' family members a place to stay, meals, travel expenses, or simply just anything that will help the families during this time.

“Even though that church is in Louisana and we’re in Florida we’re one church and we’re one body, and the Bible teaches explicitly that teaches that when one member cries we all cry and when one member rejoices we all rejoice, well it just so happens that we’re crying today," stated Pastor Toney.

Toney has been with the victims at UF Health Shands hospital since shortly after the victims were transported after the crash.

According to a LifeSouth Community Blood Center, UF Health Shands hospital has a need for blood donations. Specifically, Type O positive and Type O negative because some of the victims are needing blood transfusions to fight for their lives.

"LifeSouth supplies 100% of the blood to all the hospitals here in Gainesville. So when you’re donating blood you’re saving lives from your family, your friends, your coworkers, and your neighbors," stated Laura Bialeck, Community Development Coordinator at a LifeSouth Community Blood Center.

If you're interested in helping the crash victims please see the links below for all donations and contributions.


Also, in Trenton, Florida, Pine Grove Baptist Church will be accepting contributions to aid the families of the victims. Their info is listed below.

Pine Grove Baptist Church
16655 NW CR-339
Trenton, Florida
Call (352) 463-2151