Donations Collected for Daycare Fire Victims' Families: How You Can Help
The Erie community is jumping into action to help the families who lost children in the fire at a local daycare.
A growing list of organizations are setting up donation efforts to help cover funeral, medical and other costs caused by the tragedy.
The foundation told Erie News Now they're here to help all members of our community in their time of need, but this tragedy hit home for them. The first responders who tried to save the children and put out the flames may be in need of counseling or other services, but a member of the UPMC Hamot family is a relative of the children who passed.
Country Fair is donating all proceeds from coffee sales on Tuesday, August 13th to the families as well. It starts at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Country Fair is including all coffee sold at its 71 locations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. A representative from Country Fair said they're raising funds because it's the right thing to do when tragedy strikes, but they also employ a relative of the children who passed.
The mother of the two-year-old boy named Dalvin who passed after fighting for his life for hours after the fire has created a fundraiser on Facebook. The money raised will go directly towards Dalvin's funeral costs.
Lawrence Park Fire Department has set up an account at Northwest Bank called the Luther Jones Family Fund where anyone can donate to Luther Jones and his family, who lost three children in the fire.
Jones is a volunteer firefighter for LPFD and was assisting on another call in the city when the tragic fire broke out. Donations can be made at any Northwest Bank Branch.
Rupp Limousines is doing a donation raffle where people can enter to win a limousine ride for up to 10 people. They will be donating the limousine and driver for three hours to the winner of the raffle and all proceeds will benefit the Luther Jones Family Fund. Each entry is a minimum $10 donation.
Entries can be bought via Paypal at email@example.com or in person at their office at 303 East 32nd St. The raffle will be drawn on August 31st and updates will be posted on their Facebook page.
Donations are also being accepted at the Burton Funeral Home on West 10th Street.
Some local businesses are fundraising for the families as well with partial donations to benefit the families.
Eastway Lanes in Erie is going to donate half of their proceeds from all games bowled between Thursday, August 15th and Wednesday, August 21st to the families too.
Jimmy John's is also hosting a fundraiser on Monday, August 19th for both families who lost children and the woman who ran the daycare. The fundraiser is at all Erie locations from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 20% of their sales from the day will be split between the families.
Sun Capsule Family Tanning is going to donate one dollar for each lotion packet sold from Tuesday, August 13th through Friday, August 16th. The tanning salon will match the total amount raised and donate the total amount through Burton Funeral Home.