OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A family of five has lost everything to a fire, four days before Christmas. So, the Old Forge Police Department and Fire Department are holding a donation drive for the victims of Monday’s fire.
It’s four days before Christmas and the community is stepping up to help. It’s been one hour since donations have been accepted at the Eagle McClure Hose Company for a family who lost everything.
Surveillance video captured smoke, followed by thick flames coming out of the home on Church Street in Old Forge.
“I came outside and I saw the police like running, rushing inside the house,” said neighbor Jackeline Borges.
The fire involved a mother and her three young children, a 6-year-old daughter, and 10-month-old twin girls. All four of them escaped the home safely without injury as EMS examined them and they were not taken to the hospital.
The husband/father of the family is currently serving in the military.
“Christmas right around the corner too and it’s really sad because they lost everything and they have kids and I have kids too,” said Borges.
With the holiday being so close any help anyone can offer during this family’s difficult time would be greatly appreciated. Especially since one of the twins recently had open-heart surgery and the family made it out of the home safely but, without any of their personal belongings.
Borges saw Old Forge Police Department’s post to help the victims.
For the drive, officials are looking for everything a family needs from young babies to adults, such as bottles, diapers, clothing for children and adults, and bedding.
Clothing sizes are as follows:
- 10 month old twins: currently in 12- month clothing, diaper size 3-4
- Six year old girl: shoe size is 1, clothing size, 7-8
- Mother: shoe size is 10, clothing size, large/X-large
Any items that can be spared would be greatly appreciated to help them get back on their feet.
Donations may be dropped off at the Eagle McClure Hose Company, 375 Milwaukee Avenue, in the Old Forge Borough Building side entrance, beginning Tuesday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m., 24 hours a day, until around 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 24, when volunteers will make the delivery to the family.
“The response has been overwhelming between business owners, just regular people in general, calling asking what they can donate,” said Chief Jason Dubernas, Old Forge Police Department. “We’re from Old Forge. We’re a small town, everybody sticks together. It does not If you’re a resident all your life here or you’re an outsider moving in here.. Everybody is close-knit.”
The family needs everything, except for car seats. If anyone wishes to make a monetary donation they can be dropped off at the Eagle McClure Hose Company on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00 until 10:00 p.m. to Chief Stull