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December 1, 2012

Support on way for fire victims


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — People wishing to make donations may call Maertin-Yurek at 799-4013.

Maertin-Yurek’s husband is an assistant chief for the Rapids Fire District.

“I have four children myself and I couldn’t let those kids not have a Christmas,” Maertin-Yurek said.

According to Maertin Yurek, the three boys are all involved in scouting and lost all their scouts-related items in the fire.

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations through its disaster relief fund. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcross.org to make a donation. A $10 donation may also be made by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The donation will be charged to your cell phone bill.

Jay Bonafede, communications coordinator for the Red Cross serving Erie and Niagara counties said a Red Cross official on Thursday provided erroneous information about helping the family. He said the Red Cross does not take donations for specific people.

“The American Red Cross has a strict policy of universality, meaning we provide the same level of service to every client we assist,” Bonafede said in an e-mail. “Also, due to the cost and logistics of packaging and delivering in-kind gifts, as well as the emotional impact on clients, we do not accept material donations so that we may make more efficient use of our donor’s dollars.”

The fire remains under investigation by the Niagara County fire investigators.

NEEDS The children who lost everything in Thursday's fire wear the following sizes: • Elizabeth, age 2, size 2T, shoe size 7 • Michael, age 8, size 8, shoe size 2 • Tanner, age 10, size 12, shoe size 8 • Tyler, age 11, size 8/10, shoe size 8

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