Two days after the devastating Bridgeport condominium fire, dozens of Westporters have leaped in to help. “06880” reader Elaine Marino — who has spearheaded Westport’s efforts — provides this update:
What’s needed are not more clothes. Instead, people should purchase things like toiletries, toothbrushes, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, diapers, baby formula, socks, etc. — in bulk if possible.
Sorting everything in the bags is an enormous task. Receiving a case of baby formula or diapers is far easier to distribute. The items can be left at Elaine’s house: 129 Sturges Highway, near the corner of Cross Highway.
If items were expected to be picked up today, email firstname.lastname@example.org. She will confirm pickup tomorrow (Sunday).
“06880” reader Mary Ann West adds:
The response to the victims of the huge Bridgeport fire has been amazing. I was at Town Hall today with members of the Red Cross Disaster Response Team. It was heartwarming to see families with children taking time to donate food, gift cards, clothing, toys and household items.
Almost all the people are in temporary housing, either staying with family, friends or alternative situations, just starting the process of beginning from scratch. Yesterday and today they were picking up items for their immediate short-term needs. Once they get settled in they will be starting from zero. This will be a longer-term effort to help the 120 people who lost everything, including their cars.