Good Neighbors

Community Rallies Around Victims of Devastating Fire

You can help your neighbors through three non-profit groups that are reaching out

Three non-profit groups are working to help victims of an apartment complex fire who lost everything and are now homeless. The fire at the Durham Court apartments in the Pittsburgh (PA) suburb of McCandless Wednesday caused the roof to collapse on the three story building, leaving very little for the 35 people who lived there to salvage.

The roof collapsed, so the people who lived here won't be able to salvage much. North Hampton VFD Facebook page

North Hills Community Outreach is taking cash and gift card donations for the victims. You can make checks to North Hills Community Outreach Disaster Relief Fund and mail them to NHCO at 1975 Ferguson Rd. Allison Park, PA 15101. NHCO is also encouraging people to donate gift cards for stores where victims can buy personal items and household goods they lost in the fire. NHCO is promising to keep people posted on their Facebook page as other needs come to light.

"Thank you for caring for your neighbors when facing crisis and hardship." North Hills Community Outreach Facebook Page

The McCandless Community Association is also helping out. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, is their annual Easter Egg Hunt, and the folks from NHCO will staff a table at the event to accept donations. The Easter Egg Hunt is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCandless Town Hall 9955 Grubbs Rd, Wexford, 15090. Check their Facebook page for any new efforts.

Firefighters used ladders to rescue people from third floor balconies. No one was hurt or killed. North Hampton VFD Facebook page

Treasure House Fashions is offering clothing to the fire victims. The non-profit resale shop at 7607 McKnight Rd Pittsburgh,15237 is the "closet" for over 65 social service agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh area (sorry guys, this shop only carries women's clothing!). They have a full range of sizes in all categories from casual and business clothing to clothes for work and school. You can support the victims by shopping at the store (they sell to the public too), or donating clothing. Check their website to find out more about how to donate.

The Treasure House Facebook page put into words what a lot of neighbors in Pittsburgh's North Hills are feeling: "HUGS - so sorry for your loss!"

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