DETROIT, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was among the first on the scene offering assistance to victims. Local St. Vincent de Paul conferences, specifically the Westland St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store near the site of the fire, snapped into action and are working overtime to collect clothing from nearby parishes and food from their local pantries. St. Vincent de Paul is also working to locate homes for all of the individuals affected by the fire.
Fire Fighters (and St. Vincent de Paul) responded early Thursday morning when a devastating fire broke out at the Park Manor apartment complex on Plymouth Road near Mill Street in Plymouth. Twenty-four residences were destroyed by what fire department officials believe was a fire generated by an electric blanket.
The families affected by the tragedy are not only dealing with the fire, but also the extreme cold that is battering Metro Detroit. All are looking for a place to stay, warm clothes to wear and food. This Saturday, February 12, the St. Vincent de Paul Westland Thrift Store will welcome victims and their families in order to capture specific referrals for clothing, footwear, winter apparel accessories, blankets, etc. These efforts will be followed up with requests for household items and furniture at a later date.
"Our main goal today is to make sure these families are well taken care of and have a place to sleep, warm clothes to wear and a hot meal to enjoy by the end of the day," said William Brazier, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. "Long term these families are going to need everything from sheets and blankets to furniture and household goods. This is what we do. This is what the Society of St. Vincent de Paul excels at and what we take the most pride in, helping individuals, who through no fault of their own have fallen on hard times."
Volunteers, donations and monetary contributions are welcome at any one of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores including locations in: Clinton Township, Utica, Waterford, Westland, Lincoln Park, Detroit, St. Clair Shores, Inkster and Port Huron http://www.svdpdet.org/tall_storelisting.html. Please contact 877-788-4623 to find out how you can help St. Vincent de Paul help others. Please call your local St. Vincent de Paul conference to find how you can make a difference.
About St. Vincent de Paul Society: St. Vincent de Paul is a major provider of human and disaster relief services, assisting people in crisis who have been victims of fires or floods, lost their job, or other urgent situations by providing emergency support. The Society works in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Detroit, networking with 2,000 Vincentian volunteers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, St. Clair and Monroe counties, assisting 30,000 local households annually. SVdP's thrift stores in southeast Michigan support the Society's other charitable operations including emergency food centers, health care, youth summer camps, and social services in the Van Elslander Family Center.
SOURCE The Society of St. Vincent de Paul