Fundraisers helping Youngstown family after devastating fire

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With each passing day, there are more stuffed animals, balloons and candles left at memorials outside of Amy Acevedo’s Youngstown home while the woman continues her recovery in a Cleveland hospital. Fundraising is ongoing here at home to help pay for the funerals of her five children.

“We’ve received, I think, well over $4,000 on Facebook,” said Penny Wells, of Sojourn to the Past. “We’ve also received donations through our Sojourn to the Past website.”

The fundraising began Monday morning as investigators were still going through the house on Parkcliffe Avenue, looking for a cause of the fire the night before.

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“They’ve come in like, $25, $50. I think I saw something that said it was about a $10 donation,” Wells said. “It’s just like anything else — Youngstown has a heart and I don’t think we always realize what a heart the City of Youngstown has.”

Wells said Sojourn To The Past operates as a 501(c)(3) charity. She said the organization does not use tax dollars for its charity.

She hopes to collect at least $10,000 to offset funeral costs and then donate the rest to the Acevedos.

“We’re talking about even clothes. The family was left with nothing so we’re talking about the whole gamut,” Wells said.

A pasta dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Flambeau’s Live on Market Street to raise even more money. Wells said businessman and one-time Ohio State player Maurice Clarett is pitching in.

“In fact, I just got a text a few minutes ago. He’s providing much of the pasta and the sauce.”

In the meantime, Wells said Acevedo and her family simply need the community’s support.

People just need to pray. I think that we just need to pray for this family.”

If you would like to donate to help the family, you can do so through Sojourn to the Past’s Facebook page or website.

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