Local Navy sailor's mother asking for donations for survivors of destroyer crash

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 18:16:17-04

A local mother is asking the public to help the surviving sailors on a Navy destroyer that crashed with a cargo ship who are in need.

Seven American sailors were killed in a crash at sea on the coast of Japan on the USS Fitzgerald, a Navy destroyer was hit by a cargo ship about four times its size.

Lots of sorrow and condolences, people connected to this collision are grieving. Dina Bass, a local mother whose son is a sailor assigned to the ship, said he survived but he and his brothers are in need after they lost everything to flooding.

"When one hurts we all hurt, I want to gather up as much as I can. It's about taking care of our sailors it's about taking care of those young men and women that were on that ship," Bass said

Her son Kristopher Bass is one of many sailors who survived.

"They're going to get through this together. All of their clothes, their toiletries items, their personal items, those things were lost," Bass said.

So now she's raising money and asking for donations from the community.

"They need clothing, they need shoes, and they need toiletries.  He and his fellow sailors are grieving, they lost seven of their brothers and so he's grieving and as a mother to hear the pain in his voice. I want to make it better for him. I want to make it better for them in any way that I can," she said.

If you would like to donate any items or money a GoFundMe account has been set up. If you have items to send, you can email Dina Bass at She will arrange a pickup time and will cover shipping costs.