Alisha Garrett, who lives in the Valley View Townhomes, but was not affected by the fire, has organized a mass donation effort for the victims. The community response was so great that no more household items, furniture or clothing are needed. Money donations can be made to "Valley View Fire Relief" at First Security Bank. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
Word of mouth, or rather word of e-mail, works.
What began as a mass e-mail to collect items for seven Byron families displaced by a townhome complex fire, resulted in three garages being stacked with donations, including thousands of pounds of clothes.
Area residents have brought in furniture, games, toys and kitchen items, with many things brand new, all for people who lost mostly everything in the early morning of Feb. 2.
"These donations have come in too fast; I can't keep up with it," said Alisha Garrett, who lives at an unaffected part of Valley View Townhomes where the fire broke out.
"It's quite amazing."
Garrett has received so many donations that she has now stopped accepting them, although monetary donations can still be made to "Valley View Fire Relief," at First Security Bank.
Garrett volunteered to help organize the effort for the affected families. She said doing so just seemed like the right thing to do.
"A lot of people have thanked me for doing this," Garrett said. "It's weird to be thanked for something I think anybody should do. It's very humbling."
The fire broke out at 1:50 a.m. Feb. 2 and displaced all of the residents who lived in that portion of Valley View.