Daly Street Explosion Relief Fund

$3,631 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 78 people in 37 months
Diane Schaffer   PHILADELPHIA, PA
As many of you have heard, the 400 block of Daly Street experienced a terrifying gas explosion on Monday which claimed several houses and their contents. Fortunately, everyone involved survived but that doesn't mean that we don't need help.


We're raising money for one of our young families who was living in 426 and lost everything. As reported, the couple and their infant were trapped in the rubble when 428 exploded.


It was beyond heartbreaking to listen as my neighbor, Jon, recounted with tears in his eyes what it was like for him and his family when the house next door to them exploded. They all happened to be in the living room at the front of the house and had just finished feeding their baby.


Jon was holding the baby when the house exploded. Instinctively, he shielded him as bricks came raining down. In the chaos, after they became trapped, he was able to begin pushing his way to the front of the house and although he was stuck, he yelled to the neighbors who were running over to help.


I will never forget hearing his cries as we were scrambling to safety of, "Help, Help! Someone help me! Please take my baby! Just take the baby!" Luckily, they were able to be rescued by neighbors and how no one was killed in all of this is beyond me.


Sadly, they learned today that it was unsafe to attempt to retrieve any of their personal belongings. Let's help them rebuild their lives and show them what being the City of Brotherly love is all about!

Thanks!


Diane Schaffer
420 Daly Street
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Update 21
36 months ago
We wish to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the family that lost their home in the explosion on Daly Street. We're closing down the fundraiser because it's been days since we received a donation.

We could not have done it without everyone's help, so again, thank you!!!!!!!
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Update 20
37 months ago
Once again, we have met our goal! Let's keep this thing going. We picked up the collection jars that Diane McKenna from 425 Daly placed in the local businesses and it tipped us over the $3500 mark. 2 minutes later 418 Daly handed me $50. It's so nice to see that the caring people outnumber the vultures.

We still have to take the change to the bank to be counted by the coin counter, so we're excited to see the number continue to rise.

I had a proud parent moment today when Rogue asked if he could give the contents of his piggy bank to the donation. I know he's been saving for a train set so I questioned if he understood that he'd never get it back. He said he understood and happily dumped it into the pile. He said he wanted the baby to have diapers. That's my boy!

Thanks again, everyone. We couldn't do it without you!

Should we raise the goal to $4000...who's with me??
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Update 19
37 months ago
Since my last posting still has me angry, I'm going to focus on a more positive aspect of today's events. I received a nice email today from the Police Commissioner's office in regards to Officer Battle... ...and Geno's, Pat's and Tony Luke's all agreed to place a poster about the website in their windows. No one loves South Philly more than those places...so please show some love for South Philly and donate what you can.

Dear Ms. Schaffer,

We are glad that Officer Battles was able to provide service to you and your neighbors in such a compassionate way, during such a critical time in your lives.

Police officers frequently go above and beyond in many ways throughout each day, but rarely speak of it or expect to be commended for it. Officer Battles actions are an excellent example of that.

Thank you for taking the time to write of her efforts. Your correspondence is being forwarded to her Deputy Commissioner, her Captain, and a copy will be placed in her Personnel folder.

Best regards,

Sgt. Barbara Vuillermet
Office of the Police Commissioner
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Update 18
37 months ago
As heartbreaking as it was to watch the family dig through the rubble to find valuables, it was more heartbreaking to find out that purses and bags pulled from the explosion site had been gone through and their contents had been stolen by scavengers with no morals.

I will never understand what kind of people kick people while they're down but I do know what goes around comes around.

Please try to put yourself in this family's shoes. Please donate. No amount is too small. It all adds up.

Thank you!
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Colleen Killian
37 months ago

i have a question why wasn't the kitty given back to the owners? I mean they lost everything why wouldn't they be given there cat back?

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Rita Robles
37 months ago

God Bless everyone on Daly St who was hurt, so happy that this tragedy wasn't much worse. We are all very fortunate

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Rita Robles
37 months ago

Would like to get in touch with Jon and his family,to offer other help if needed

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Pat McKenzie
37 months ago

Are you accepting items fit the baby or is this just fir money?

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$3,631 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 78 people in 37 months
Created July 30, 2013
DJ
$5
Donation jar
36 months ago (Offline Donation)
LC
$71
Loose change
37 months ago (Offline Donation)
4S
$50
418 Daly Street
37 months ago (Offline Donation)
CJ
$134
Collection jars
37 months ago (Offline Donation)
JB
$10
julie brady
37 months ago
JN
$210
Jaclyn Niller
37 months ago

Please accept this donation to the Mortimer's on behalf of Diversified Insurance Industries, Inc..

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JM
$50
Jake Margerum
37 months ago

Sorry for your loss, hope you are able to get back on your feet soon.

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MC
$100
Mary Fran Cullen
37 months ago
MV
$53
Madelene Varalli
37 months ago
SC
$50
Scott Cole
37 months ago
Colleen Killian
37 months ago

i have a question why wasn't the kitty given back to the owners? I mean they lost everything why wouldn't they be given there cat back?

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Rita Robles
37 months ago

God Bless everyone on Daly St who was hurt, so happy that this tragedy wasn't much worse. We are all very fortunate

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Rita Robles
37 months ago

Would like to get in touch with Jon and his family,to offer other help if needed

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Pat McKenzie
37 months ago

Are you accepting items fit the baby or is this just fir money?

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