Friday, November 16, 2012

New Haven church and city team up to help fire victims

NEW HAVEN - The city and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church have partnered to assist the 14  people displaced by an early morning electrical fire on Hazel Street Tuesday, according to a release.

The Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell of St. Andrew’s is accepting donations of canned food, frozen turkeys, clean clothing (especially coats, scarves, gloves and hats), packaged diapers, and other infant and toddler necessities, the city said in the release. Money donations can be sent care of Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell at St. Andrew’s Church, 262 Shelton Avenue, New Haven, 06511, the release said.
 Please write “for fire relief” in the memo line of the check.

Newhallville Livable City Initiative Neighborhood Specialist Carmen Mendez also will accept food and clothing donations in her office on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 165 Church St., the release said She can be reached at 203-946-7733.

“I am grateful to the men and women of the New Haven Fire Department who responded heroically Tuesday morning and extinguished the fire without any injuries. But my heart goes out to the four families who have lost their homes and possessions this holiday season. Thank you to St. Andrew’s and the Livable City Initiative for helping organize this drive,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said, also in the statement.

Photo by William Kaempffer shows:Shay Wells holds her daughter Nataye, 5. They fled their house when the fire jumped the alle

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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