Outpouring of group help for Skyway condo fireplace victims

Two dozen residents, including six children, were made homeless a few days before Christmas when a residential building caught fire this week.

SKYWAY, Washington. One day after a major fire in a Skyway apartment building, the community stepped up to support two dozen residents, including six children who lost their homes a few days before Christmas.

Alexius Evans and her son Jett stopped by Freedom Church in Seattle to drop off Christmas gifts, toiletries and housewares for victims of the Skyway apartment fire on Wednesday.

“We heard about the kids who were in need on the news, so we came here to donate,” Evans said.

For Alexius Evans, the effort to help was personal.

When I was a kid, my parents’ house burned and we lost everything and as a direct result of that we had to live in an animal shelter. So I know what it’s like for a parent to go through this, ”said Evans.

By Wednesday, 3 p.m., donations had filled two delivery points. Volunteers had to stop accepting physical donations while sorting everything.

“The amount of donations was just amazing. It’s a Christmas miracle,” King County Councilor Girmay Zahilay said in a video update on Facebook.

“It was nice to see our community come up in such a big way,” said Zahilay.

The early Wednesday morning fire at Greentree Apartments on Skyway destroyed 21 apartments and left 24 people, including six children, homeless in the days leading up to Christmas. The children include five boys aged 6 to 13 and an 8 year old girl.

With increasing support, the West Hill Community Association, one of the nonprofits helping to coordinate efforts, is now focusing on sorting the donations and distributing them to families in need.

Instead, the community is asked to donate money to help the two dozen residents get back on their feet.

“The last time I checked was that they had raised around $ 100,000 in just a few days. So if we can enable these families to cover their rents and find a new place to live and replace all their furniture.” costs a lot of money, ”said Zahilay.

Although devastating to dozens of people including six children who have lost everything, Alexius and Jett hope this Christmas Eve story offers hope.

“It’s a great thing to know, especially as we move on in 2020, that there are still good people in this world and especially people who are able to help other families,” said Evans.

You can also donate money here.

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