Hello, my name is Lauren. I am from Pittsburgh, PA, a town located about an hour outside from East Palestine Ohio. On Friday, February 3rd, a catastrophic train derailment occurred in a small town of around 4,500 residents.
My Mother and stepfather live in that small town so I am aware of the hardships to follow in the next coming weeks. Many people in this town were displaced from their homes in a rush as the fumes of chemicals and fire led to a forced evacuation without the information of when a safe return would be possible. My reason for raising the funds is this is a town with limited income. Finding temporary housing or hotels even with the discounts will undoubtedly be a financial burden for most involved. Let alone the loss of business and work for the families.
My mother and I will be in contact will the local non-profits and we will be assured to have the funds put directly into the hands of those less fortunate at the current time as they navigate the weeks ahead. If you are in a situation where you could donate please consider helping. A lot of the town has lived there their whole lives and this situation can be extremely traumatizing. With such a small population we could make a real impact with this fundraiser for those in need. I will be posting updates on the story as they come. If unable to donate if you could please share the story. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.