GoFundMe for De Soto Victims Surpasses $17,000 in Single Day


DESOTO, Kan. (KCTV) – The De Soto community has rallied around two sisters lost in this week’s train derailment.

On Monday, Rachelle Cook, 58, and Kim Holsapple, 56, were both aboard the Amtrak train that collided with a dump truck near Mendon, Missouri on Monday.

Both women were from De Soto, Kansas.

News of the tragedy quickly spread in the small town, where even people who did not know the sisters want to help.

Clients at the Shear Images salon had spoken of the loss throughout the day, even though Cook and Holsapple were not clients.

“It’s such an amazing and loving community,” said Anna Klecker, a nail technician. “When something so tragic happens, the community is super open.”

A GoFundme page for the sisters raised more than $17,000 Thursday afternoon. The page is verified by GoFundMe.

According to the fundraiser’s creator, the two women were on a four-day getaway with their mother and one of their daughters.

The page says:

Klecker was confident that the town would soon begin to rally behind the sisters’ family through community fundraising or other means.

“We definitely have a heart for others in the community,” she said.

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