Oakland House Fire Fund

$6,245 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 56 months
One of my dearest friends, Rachael, and her roommates are now in one of the most dire situations of their lives. Their house in Pittsburgh burned down and although their lives were spared, they lost all of their possessions, including three of their four loving animals. They now have to start from scratch and that means things like the basics, from food to clothing and bedding, to bigger necessities like computers for schoolwork and deposits for another place to live. As you can see from the photo taken after the fire had been put out, only the structures, charred and destroyed, of their house as well as their neighbors' remain.

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.

With love.
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I just moved up our goal because I never thought (though I secretly hoped) we would get the amount of support for this group that we have. Let's keep it going. Your donations mean so much.
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You are all so amazing. In 48 hours, you have donated over $3,000! To the wonderful, anonymous person who so selflessly gave $1,000...you are an angel and I wish I could thank you appropriately. Let's keep these good vibes going :)
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Wow! You are all so amazing! In less than 24 hours you have donated over $600 to help these guys out and they will appreciate it more than any of us can even imagine. Keep spreading the word if you can. Love all of you.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far in such a short amount of time. Every donation is appreciated and will go a long way to help this group get back on their feet. Spread the word and the love!
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Topher von Hoffmann
56 months ago

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 materry@pitt.edu. 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

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Fred Gee
56 months ago

There was a total of 7 people displaced in this fire and my daughter was one of them

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Topher von Hoffmann
56 months ago

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 materry@pitt.edu. 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

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Fred Gee
56 months ago

There was a total of 7 people displaced in this fire and my daughter was one of them

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