June 27, 2016 03:25 PM

After losing five family members in a deadly 1985 flood in West Virginia, the sound of heavy rains still brings Katina Cochran to tears.

“I don’t like the sound of heavy rain. It depresses me, I cry,” Cochran told WAVY. “Because I know the next minute, you don’t have anything.”

When the West Virginia native who now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, saw the floods that were ravaging her home state once again – killing 23 and destroying hundreds of homes – she knew she needed to help.

Cochran and her relative Kathryn Tipton have been collecting donations to provide disaster relief to the hundreds of West Virginia residents who were left homeless after devastating floods tore through the state on Thursday and Friday, dumping 10 inches of rain in just 24 hours.

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“They’ve lost their food, their homes, their clothing, every bare necessity they have,” Cochran said.

The two women and their families said they’d spend as much time as possible collecting donations from their community that they will deliver to West Virginia later this week.

“It doesn’t matter how small. If you think it’s a minuscule amount, to somebody who doesn’t have anything it’s immeasurable,” Cochran said.

“If we can make a difference, that’s all I want,” said Tipton.

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