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Community supports 70-year-old caregiver rescued from car during flood

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Last night KCTV5 News introduced you to Ruby Aikens. After nearly drowning, she was intently focused on getting back to work as a caregiver for the elderly.

Today, people wanted to help and a local talk show host who saw our story has stepped up.

Aikens was trapped in her car on 103rd Street as the waters rose on Thursday.

What she did afterward -- the dedication to her work and her elderly client -- had people asking, "How can we replace her car?"

Talk show hosts Scott Parks and Dana Wright from Dana & Parks had Aikens on-air today after seeing our coverage last night.

“I saw your post on Facebook last night and I actually tweeted the story and I said, ‘This is the sweetest lady!’” said Wright.

The text line soon lit up with people wanting a way to get her a car and, though advocating can be risky business, Wright started a Go Fund Me page called "A Car for Ruby."

“I think everybody knows a Ruby, and she’s called your mom or she’s your grandma,” Scott Parks said. “That’s when I think people want to help.”

Aikens works as a personal caregiver for a 95-year-old woman in assisted living. Ruby herself is 70 years old.  

“She cares for me and I care for her,” Aikens said.

Ruby never asked for a car. In fact, she told the Dana & Parks crew she had another. “We have another, extra car, me and my daughter do, so that will carry us over,” she’d said.

However, people know that being a one-car family is hard and figured this woman knew enough about “hard.”

Wright just couldn’t leave them waiting for a way to donate.

“We just love Ruby," she said. "I wish her the best.”

KCTV5 News called Aikens tonight. She was on her 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. shift, which is a 14-hour shift, to tell her about the GoFundMe effort and she had no idea. She almost sounded as if she stopped breathing for a second in surprise.

If you would like to donate, click here.

Previous coverage:

Woman rescued from car during flood: 'I prayed a lot'

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