About 120 people were forced from their homes with nothing more than what was on their backs on New Year's Eve morning when a two-alarm fire destroyed condos in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Now the community is stepping up to help them move forward.
Mayor Joseph Ganim was taking one family with a young son shopping to replace some of the items that they lost and many others who lived at 215 Charles Street will need to replace clothing and many other items.
The city has been collecting donations since Friday to help the residents on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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On Saturday donations poured in to the City Hall Annex and the New Colony Diner. Truckloads of clothing, food, toys, and other essentials were collected.
Here is how you can help the families:
- Donate clothing for boy and girls, from infants to teenagers
- Clothing for men and women of all ages
- Toys for all ages
- Food and items for cats and dogs.
You can drop the donations off at Health and Social Services, at 752 East Main Street in Bridgeport.
Donations of clothing, food and other necessities will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at city Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street. For donation drop off information, you can contact Scott Appleby in the emergency operations center at 203-579-3829 or call 203-727-4045 to reach the mayor's and chief administrative officer's office.
For monetary donations for the families, contact:
The Red Cross
c/o Charles Street Fire
158 Brooklawn Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604