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UPDATE: Westporter Helps Bridgeport Fire Victims

A fast-moving fire yesterday morning left 120 Bridgeport condo residents homeless. The Connecticut Post calls it one of the worst temporary housing crises in state history.

More than homes were destroyed. Residents lost all their clothes and other possessions. Children lost their Christmas gifts.

Elaine Marino wants to help.

The Westport resident heads to Bridgeport later today with food and clothing. She hopes to pick up some toys along the way.

But she wants to do more.

She’s asking Westporters to place a bag of toys, clothes and/or food on their porch or front steps. Then mail your address to She’ll pick up your items, and deliver them to Bridgeport.

UPDATE: Elaine’s car is full today (Friday), so people should pull inside anything she has not yet picked up. She will be doing this again in Saturday morning. Please get back in touch with her by email (

It’s a tough  way to start 2016 for several dozen families. But it’s a good way for us — just a few miles a way — to help.

The Charles Street condominium in Bridgeport is very near the Old Colony diner.

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