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How you can help crash victims.

Austin is stepping up to help the victims of the South by Southwest crash on Red River street.

Donations can be made All the money received will go to the victims. The fund is organized through Austin Community Foundation. So far more than $40,000 has been raised.

As for emotional support volunteers with the local chapter of the American Red Cross are set up at the Radisson Hotel to assist  anyone who needs help.
"This is a terrible thing that happened in our community," explained Bill Dorman. He helps organize volunteers.

"Many years ago I was playing a gig and someone drove a car down the street so I know what some of these folks are dealing with," said Dorman. His incident happened in 1969 on the drag at University of Texas.

"No one killed but there are still people living with the after affects," he said.

Dorman hopes people will speak out and not push their feelings aside even though the party continues.

"There will be funerals, people in the hospital, people in physical therapy and there are going to be a variety of needs but we will work with South by Southwest and the city," said Dorman.

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas was able to supply hospitals with what they needed but more donations

"With the tragedy we were able to supply the hospitals with their needed product but if left our shelves," said Cindy Rowe with the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas.

First time donors like Zack Cerra lined up to help the victims.

"I know a few people in the area but they weren't hit fortunately. I was supposed to go down there so it's scary," said Cerra.

With the tragic events, Cerra says everyone needs to step up.

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