Elaine Marino had a busy New Year’s Day.
After “06880” reported on her efforts to aid the 120 victims of a Bridgeport fire, she was flooded with offers to help. She scurried around Westport, picking up donations of clothes, food and toys, then headed a few miles away to deliver them.
City Council president Tom McCarthy helped her unload her jam-packed car. He said they’d been overwhelmed with clothing donations.
But there’s a lot the 50-plus families still need, including:
- Bedding (twin, full or queen)
- Small appliances
- Other items you’d need if you were starting your home over from scratch
- Toys for the kids who lost all their Christmas gifts
- Cat and dog food and items
- Gift cards to Stop & Shop, and Target.
Elaine returned home, then went off to Bed, Bath & Beyond, with 10 of those 20% off coupons.
If you’d like her to pick up items from your home tomorrow for delivery, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are other ways to help. For example, several GoFundMe pages have been set up for victims. Click here, then scroll down.
For donation drop-off information, call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center (203-579-3829), or the mayor’s office (Gina Malheiro or John Gomes, (203-727-4045).
Monetary donations can be send to: Red Cross, 158 Brooklawn Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. The phone number is 800-319-9935.