Donation drive fulfills needs of San Bernardino fire victims
August 20, 2013
After receiving roughly three truck loads worth of donations, the California Apartment Association has wrapped up its collection drive for victims of an arson fire Aug. 18 in San Bernardino.
During the two-week donation drive, the AAGIE office collected an assortment of clothes, toys, food, furniture, gift cards and more. The items are helping four women and 13 children who lost everything.
The fire started in an unoccupied duplex before expanding to a pair of apartment buildings. Authorities arrested 30-year-old transient Allen Simms in connection with the blaze, the San Bernadino County Sun reported.
CAA’s Inland Empire Division worked closely with the county Housing Authority to help the displaced residents.
“I would like to personally thank each and every one of you so very much for your assistance with collecting items for our fire victims,” said Angela Lindsey, the Housing Authority’s regional community manager. “Each one of you have been absolutely amazing! After all of the donations received from you and other community partners, we have now fulfilled the needs of our fire victims.”
Some of the folks who contributed to CAA’s donation drive:
- Angel Rogers, S.T.A.R.
- Anna Maria Gonzales and Renaissance Village, National CORE
- Cara Layne, California Apartment Association
- Cory Chalmers, Steri-Clean, Inc
- Fast Eviction Service
- Jennifer Bedford and Western National Group
- Odette Graves
- Olen Jones Sr. Apartment Community,
- Northtown Housing Development
- Rebecca Norman and San Marino, National CORE
- ServiceMaster of Murrieta
- SERVPRO of Rialto