COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When a raging fire destroys your home and all your belongings a week before thanksgiving, it is a devastating blow.
That's the situation fifteen families of 35 people who used to call the Woodcliff apartments on Oakley Drive find themselves in, even now, a week and a half later.
There was an immediate response by the red cross, always the best organization to deal with fire-related displacements and their help for the victims continues.
So too does help from the united way of the Chattahoochee Valley, another premier social services agency with the expertise to help the fire victims begin restoring their lives and their possessions.
Other groups have stepped up, too: iHeart Media and Davis Broadcasting, holding fund drives to collect money that will enable the fire victims to get their feet back underneath them.
It's comforting to know this community comes together in the wake of a major fire event that is emotionally unsettling and financially disastrous for the displaced families.
The generosity of all of you makes it possible.
Please consider making a donation to the red cross specifically for the fire victims at Woodcliff Apartments.
You can also dial 2-1-1 and be connected to the United Way, which can answer your questions on how you can help.
Or go to our website wtvm.com for more information.
In this season of giving, we all need to consider helping these fire victims any way we can, secure in the knowledge that these great organizations will be there if the same disaster ever strikes us.
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