WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Hope is returning for two Wellsville families that lost everything in a fire on Monday. Donations have been pouring in from all across the Valley to help them.
The fire happened in the Independence Square development.
“It hurts,” Elizabeth Chase said. “I almost cried because I have five kids of my own and I wouldn’t want to have that problem.”
Chase lives in the housing complex just a few doors down. She knows one of the families very well.
“She was crying, I was holding her. They were really nice people. They interacted with my kids,” Chase said.
The two families had a combined seven kids. One of the families is expecting a baby.
No one was hurt, but one family did lose their dog.
The Wellsville Police and Fire departments, along with Garfield Elementary School, have headed the effort to get the families back on their feet.
It didn’t take long for the community — even people living far from Wellsville — to step in in a big way.
“Overwhelming,” said Wellsville Police Lt. Marsha Eisenhart. “I just had a call from a lady in Girard that says, ‘Hey, we are loading clothes up. We will be down, we are on our way.’ And I said, ‘OK!’ So even as far as Youngstown, Girard and everything else, they are bringing clothes.”
They’re asking people to stop bringing kids’ clothes because they have too many and nowhere to store them.
“People now are starting to give gift cards, money, stuff like that and we are just going to divide it in half and give it to both families,” Eisenhart said.
Here’s what the family still needs:
– Girls’ 2, 5, 8.5
– Boys’ 7.5
– Men’s 9.5
– Clothes for parents:
– Women’s: S or M (also in maternity), XL, Size 0 (also in maternity), Size 14 or 16
– Men’s: XL or 2X, Size 34/34 pants
– Gift cards
You can drop donations off at either the police or fire departments or Garfield Elementary.