Community rallies to help apartment fire victims

Yvette d'Entremont
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Tara Antle is still sorting through donations she's received, and is still receiving following a recent fire in her Sackville apartment building. Most of Antle's belongings were lost or ruined in the blaze. (Bobbie-Lynn Hall)

When fire destroyed a section of a Lower Sackville apartment building in the wee hours of Aug. 10, Tara Antle was one of those left homeless.

Within hours of the blaze, she was overwhelmed with offers of clothing and furniture from friends, family and her Dalhousie University sorority sisters.

"I know people are good, and I volunteer myself, but when I was affected by this and had bags of clothes given to me and had my place decorated, it's amazing and inspiring," Antle said.

"You learn the simplest things like a toothbrush and a razor that someone put on top of a bag of clothes are the things that make the world of difference. This is a close community here in Sackville, and it is the kind of place everyone should live in."

The company that owns the damaged units has moved residents into empty apartments elsewhere in Sackville. Although Antle now has everything she needs to move on with life in her new apartment, not all of the 24 families affected by the fire were as fortunate.

So Sackville residents and organizations like the Salvation Army and the Red Cross have stepped up to help those now picking up the pieces.

From Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Salvation Army will accept donated goods at their Sackville Corps located at 51 Metropolitan Ave. location only. Furniture, kitchenware, small appliances like blenders, toasters and crockpots as well as clothing and back-to-school supplies are among the greatest needs.Major appliances aren't being accepted.

Salvation Army spokesperson Daniel Bonner said displaced fire victims will have an opportunity select items they need throughout the week of Aug. 26. "If we still have stuff left over, that will go to help low income people through our normal channels," he said.

Anyone requiring more information about items to be dropped off for the fire evacuees can call 865-8010. Donations of cash can be directed to the Red Cross.

ydentremont@hfxnews.ca

 

Organizations: Salvation Army, Dalhousie University, Red Cross

Geographic location: Sackville

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  • Donna Benoit
    August 22, 2013 - 08:43

    It has always been my experience that people rally to help in situations like this. Sackville is a great community and it's residents will always be there in someones time of need.

  • Toni
    August 20, 2013 - 19:42

    It was actually Omega Pi sorority that rallied together to help out a sister. The sorority bonds are strong and the girls are more than willing to get out and help those in need.