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Donations Being Accepted for Family who Lost Home to Fire

Grassroots effort has sprung up to help Portsmouth family who lost everything in massive blaze on Saturday.

A note in front of a pile of charred rubble outside the 2 Summit Road house. (Photo: Corey Welch/WPRI)
A note in front of a pile of charred rubble outside the 2 Summit Road house. (Photo: Corey Welch/WPRI)
The Portsmouth Fire Department has become a collection point for donations for the family who lost their home and two pets in a devastating fire at their Common Fence Point home in Portsmouth on Saturday.

Portsmouth Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael P. O'Brien said the fire department is not administering the event but is able to help by offering the donation point.

Gift cards and other donations, including monetary donations, can be dropped off at the Fire Department.

The effort to help the family is a grassroots push by neighbors, O'Brien said, and a private Facebook group has been created to coordinate their efforts.

Though it's outside of the scope of Fire Department's mission to provide direct aid to a person or business after a fire, the department will support "any legitimate organized effort to provide relief to a victim," O'Brien said. "However, the department will provide assistance, such as providing a collection point for donations, as long as those efforts do not negatively affect our mission as an emergency responder or expend taxpayer funding."

Stay tuned for more fundraising details as they become available.
Vero February 24, 2014 at 09:33 AM
What donations are accepted?
the1 February 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM
checks made out to Sweeney family and gift cards are being accepted at Fire Dept.
frogger February 24, 2014 at 01:50 PM
How old are the children? I have clothes That I could donate besides gift cards
the1 February 24, 2014 at 02:11 PM
clothes for the children are not needed, thank you. They are most in need of Gift cards or monetary donations. Thanks.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Thanks for the note aqisland. I don't want to send anyone in the wrong direction, so it's really appreciated.
Kathy Whitmarsh February 24, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Patriot Upholstery has a sofa and loveseat to offer. Please contact Bill at 683-1776.
Alison Barrette Bielawa February 24, 2014 at 06:25 PM
The outpouring of support from the Porstmouth Community is heartwarming and so much appreciated by my family! Thank you so much to everyone that has reached out. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Sweeney family, please click on the following link. www.oceancreative.net/summit.html
Elizabeth Haverington February 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Do they need any other types of donations besides gift cards and money? Household items? Furniture?

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