A tragic home explosion in Mandan claimed the lives of two people on Wednesday, December 14th. Here's how you can help the teenage survivor and her family. 

Elianna Vazquez, a senior at St. Mary's High School, along with the Howe/Vazquez family is currently dealing with many hardships after the passing of Clyde and Elizabeth Howe. The family has lost their home and Elianna is still in the hospital recovering.

Many Bismarck-Mandan businesses are collecting donations to help the Howe/Vazquez family. Here are ways you can donate:

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    GoFund Me

    A GoFundMe Account was set up for Elianna by a classmate. So far, over $40,000 dollars has been raised!

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    Northwest Contracting Charity Challenge

    Northwest Contracting is having a Christmas Charity Challenge. They have set up two Christmas trees. One is set up at Basin Electric and the other is at the Mandan Sports Complex.

    By voting for the tree at the Mandan Sports Complex you are helping out Elianna. For every vote, Northwest Contracting will donate $1 up to $25,000! You can vote daily.

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    Luna Fusion

    Elianna is a team member at Luna Fusion, across from the Comfort Inn in Bismarck.

    On Saturday, December 31st from 9am to 2pm, a portion of each membership (shake, tea, and aloe) will go to Elianna. They also have a donation jar at the club.

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    Nardello's Pizza

    Nardello's Pizza, located at 1001 W Interstate Ave in Bismarck, has a donation jar available.

    The owner, Steven Nardello, wrote a heartfelt message to the Howe/Vazquez family.

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    Kirkwood Bank and Trust

    The 'Elianna Vazquez Trust' has been set up at Kirkwood Bank and Trust.

    You can make a donation by calling 701-355-5370. You can also mail a donation to 2911 North 14th Street, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503 or drop one off at any Kirkwood Bank & Trust location.

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    Bearscat Bakehouse

    Bearscat Bakehouse is located at 1914 N 12th St. in Bismarck. A donation jar is available at the counter. All donations will be matched by Bearscat Bakehouse.

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    Pizza Ranch

    Pizza Ranch in Mandan will be hosting a fundraiser for the Howe/Vazquez family on January 9th from 4:30 - 8pm. All tips and 10% of buffet sales will go to the family.

    Pizza Ranch is located at 305 E Main St. in Mandan.

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    Mandan High School

    The MHS student council is holding a Christmas Dress-Up day on Thursday, December 22nd to raise money for Elianna.

    Those wanting to make a donation can drop off donations at the Mandan High School main office at 905 8th Ave NW.


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    Kittsona is teaming up with other Downtown businesses for a Downtown Bismarck Donation event.

    If you bring a donation item in for Elianna you will receive 10% off your entire purchase through Friday, December 23rd.