A local woman who has seen the destructive force of Mother Nature's wrath first-hand is now working to help the victims of the tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., last week.
Devin Geisler told FOX 9 News she will always remember this Memorial Day weekend. Instead of going to a cabin or fishing, she took a trailer full of donations 800 miles to an area in need.
"It was an amazing trip," she said.
Geisler and some friends put 2,000 miles on their pick-up for a round-trip to the tornado-ravaged suburb of Oklahoma City.
"We saw a small piece of the devastation and the destruction was just unbelievable," she said. "You can't fathom what it did down there."
What started off as a Facebook post between friends quickly turned into a community mission that bridged the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. From Forest Lake to Pine City and from Siren to Grantsburg, people gave what they could.
"The pouring in of donations began. It was just amazing," she said. "Our communities are incredible."
The donations filled the trailer and the bed of the pick-up and Geisler left on Friday. By Saturday afternoon, the supplies were at the Red Cross Overflow Center.
"We just all feel it's important to pay it forward in life, in general," Geisler explained.
Geisler is no stranger to the turmoil of a damaging storm. Two years ago, her Grantsburg, Wis., home was significantly damaged when tornadoes and intense winds raked the area over the Fourth of July holiday.
When she saw news coverage coming out of Moore, she knew she had to help. While Geisler did spearhead the effort, she also wanted to make the point that other people made this possible -- including school children who helped collect supplies.