ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Shannon Murphy has been volunteering in Ellensburg for at least 12 hours a day since Tuesday, folding clothes, separating toiletries and organizing donations.
"I just think there's a great sense of community in this town. It's small, its tight knit and everybody knows if they were in the situation where they needed help hopefully other people would come too," Shannon said.
Shannon is one of many CWU students who wake up in the morning and call around looking to help. She says they plan to do it until school starts.
At Munson Hall on campus, at least 16 evacuees are living in dorms, some don't have a home to return to. One couple I spoke with, who didn't want to go on camera, says their home is standing, but they haven't been able to get to it for six days. They're living off the generosity of others.
A vacant storefront on Main Street is being called the community closet. They've received thousands of articles of clothing since Monday. In fact, they've got so much they're aren't accepting any more. They're asking fire victims, or friends and family of fire victims to take as much as possible.
Kallee Knudson has been organizing the donations at the community closet. She's motivated to keep going by her friend with eight children who was left homeless by the fire.
"This is my way of helping out because I can't just give them money I can't just go get their house back, I'm gonna give them my time to help the families," Kallee said.
Trying to help those who lost everything, one day at a time.