Blanshard Court Fire Victim Fund

$3,930 of $10k goal

Raised by 88 people in 4 months
Mike Kozakowski  Victoria, BC
A fire in the early morning hours of November 18th has displaced multiple families at the Blanshard Court housing complex on Blanshard Street at Hillside Avenue. Thankfully, all occupants escaped without serious injury. Several pets, however, remain missing.

The units affected may be uninhabitable for several months.

100% of the proceeds collected as part of this fundraiser will go towards assisting those affected by the fire. Proceeds will be made available to a social services and/or housing agency that can best identify an equitable disbursement of funds.

Disclaimer: this fundraiser is setup, maintained and promoted by Citified Media, the operator of Citified.ca and VibrantVictoria.ca. In the coming days Citified Media will establish a connection with an agency to disburse collected funds. Updates will be provided here and on VibrantVictoria.ca.
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Update 6
Posted by Mike Kozakowski
11 days ago
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Hello everyone, just a quick update. We were only able to track down five of the eight families that had been identified as would-be recipients of the collected funds.

The remainder of the monies will be allocated to the victims of the Cook at Fort Street fire from earlier this year. We plan to deliver the remaining funds to the individual involved with collecting donations, Mary R., early next week.

Thank you so much for everyone's support, your donations made a real difference to many people in our community.

Regards,

Mike
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Update 5
Posted by Mike Kozakowski
2 months ago
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Happy New Year, everyone!

Thank you to all of you who donated to the fire fund. To-date we've distributed funds to five families displaced by the fire at Blanshard Courts/Evergreen Terrace. We are working to connect with the remaining three families.

In the event we are unable to connect with the remaining families, we plan to make a contribution to the firefighter's burn fund. The money will go towards helping fire victims in our community.

We will keep everyone updated on our progress.

Have a merry and joyous New Year, stay safe and thank you so very much for your generosity.

-Mike
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Update 4
Posted by Mike Kozakowski
3 months ago
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Hello everyone,

I would like to thank you all once again for your generous donations. We've rounded up the donation amounts per family to be $450 when subtracting the GoFundMe fees. We wish they were lower, but they could be worse. (In case this whole message comes through as a single giant paragraph, apologies for the formatting)

To-date, we have been able to deliver gift cards to three families affected by the fire. We are trying to get a hold of a fourth. No organizations we able to assist us with delivery of the cards.

If you may have the contact details for any families affected, please let us know.

Thank you, and have a safe and joyous Holiday Season.

-Mike
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Update 3
Posted by Mike Kozakowski
3 months ago
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Hello everyone,

Thank you sincerely for your support of this campaign. Together we've raised just a hair below $4,000, which is an incredible achievement. We're still shy of or goal of $10,000, however, considering the outpouring of community support since this campaign was launched, we're happy to see many other organizations have supported the affected individuals in a variety of ways to-date and have helped ease the burden following the fire.

We're going to roll out a final awareness campaign over the weekend, and next week (pending GoFundMe releases the funds in time) disburse the funds to the families affected.

A decision regarding the organization through which the funds will be disbursed has not yet been cemented. Alternatively funds may be made available directly to the families. We will confirm with everyone how this will occur.

Have a great day, a great weekend and thank you once again for your kind support.
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Virginia-marie Jack
3 months ago

I pray the goal is met. I been through losing my home to fire in the past. Come on let's get the donations flowing.

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$3,930 of $10k goal

Raised by 88 people in 4 months
Created November 18, 2016
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3 months ago
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$20
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4 months ago
$50
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4 months ago
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4 months ago
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Mercedes Calvert
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Mr Sparky
4 months ago
Virginia-marie Jack
3 months ago

I pray the goal is met. I been through losing my home to fire in the past. Come on let's get the donations flowing.

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