Oakland House Fire Fund
I ask for you to put yourself in their position and dig deep down into your hearts and pockets to give them anything you can. Life is random, and these things can, and do, happen to anyone.
The shock and trauma will last forever, but being able to at least claim some sense of normalcy and dignity does not have to take that long. With your help, we can make sure they have a way to get back on their feet.
Please pass this along to all of your friends and family. This is an opportunity to make a huge, immediate difference in someone's life.
If you prefer to donate items such as toiletries, towels, clothing, etc., contact me and I can organize those donations. The house next door was also destroyed and those folks will need all of those things as well!
Note that this is a personal fundraising page I am hosting as an individual to help my friends Rachael, Mel, Patrick and Belle who lived in the one home where the fire started. To find out ways to donate money specifically to the neighbors, some of whom were also students, contact the local Red Cross at 888-217-9599.
Hi Chelsey, I think this page is an excellent idea, especially because not everyone is local. The BCHS Department in the Graduate School of Public Health, where Patrick and Rachael are enrolled, is also collecting in-person donations for them and their roommates. They have an envelope in the Student Affairs Office of Parran Hall. Dr. Martha Terry is compiling a list of people who are able to donate new or used household items, and she is encouraging anyone who can do that to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know one person who wants to ship clothes from out of state that she thought they might be able to use, so in case someone else would also like to ship something, the Student Affairs Office mailing address is: Mary Derkach, JD 130 DeSoto Street 114 Parran Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15261 All the best, Topher
There was a total of 7 people displaced in this fire and my daughter was one of them