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Donation drop-off set for Levittown fire victims

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 29 2013 07:15:49 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 07:20:54 AM CDT

About 100 people are displaced after a fire in Levittown

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -

There's a way for you to help the 100 people left homeless after a fire destroyed an apartment complex in Bucks County Saturday.

Local Bucks County leaders have organized a donation drop off to benefit the fire victims.

The Red Cross is assisting with the collection, but only accepts financial donations to help the victims.

State Rep. Frank Farry is helping coordinate the event.

A onet-time community donation drop off is scheduled for Monday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Walter Miller Elementary School, 10 Cobalt Ridge Drive in Levittown.

The public is welcome to drop of bare necessities for those affected by the fire: toiletries, detergents and pet supplies, along with new or gently used clothing ONLY.

Please do not bring toys, sports equipment or other non-essential items.

Around 8 p.m. Monday, displaced residents are invited to come by the school and grab what they need. According to the Red Cross, various other community groups will be on hand to help with gift cards and other services.

The Red Cross will also be there to meet with any families that weren't able to meet with them Saturday or who may need additional assistance.

Residents are also encouraged to make a financial donation to the Red Cross.

All assistance provided to the displaced residents by the Red Cross is provided to them free of charge--the Red Cross receives virtually no government funding and relies on donations to be able to repond to disasters like the Levittown fire.

To contribute financially to the Red Cross, go to redcrossphilly.org and click on the donate tab. You can also donate $10 directly from your cell phone by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

You can also call (215) 299-4000 M-F, 8-4:30 or send a check made payable to the American Red Cross Southeastern PA to 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the Red Cross had provided help to 15 families, 28 people in all, with more waiting and an expectation that others will need assistance in the days and weeks ahead.

Red Cross officials said many families chose not to accept Red Cross assistance.