Monday, May 20th was Omaha resident Sarah Fischer's birthday. So when the phone rang and she saw her father's number, she got excited, thinking he was calling to wish her a happy birthday. But that was not his message.
He told Fischer of the tornado ripping through Moore, Oklahoma. Fear immediately struck Fischer's heart, because that is where her sister and her sister's family currently live.
Then, the second phone call came.
"And I jumped at the phone, and she just said it's me, and I said I'm so happy to hear your voice. She said, I love you, and I said, I love you too," said Sarah Fischer.
Fischer still comes to tears when recalling the first contact with her sister after the deadly Oklahoma tornado.
Her sister's family, the Carter's, barely escaped the tornado's path.
"Her husband was in the hallway listening to the radio, and he said run for the car. And they ran with nothing, no shoes, purse, nothing," said Fischer.
They got away just two minutes before the tornado came through and destroyed their neighborhood. They made it out of Moore with their lives, but not much else.
"Their house is still standing but it is in that disaster zone, so they can't get anything out, they can't access it," said Fischer.
To try and help, Fischer turned to Facebook, putting out one message on a community page.
Then she placed a small laundry basket outside, hoping people would bring donations. Two days later, her living room is filling up with donated items.
Everything is coming from total strangers.
"All of this, I did not know a single person who came by yesterday, just complete strangers helping out somebody else," said Fischer.