The community is stepping up to provide help to those who lost everything in that devastating fire at Coastal Haven Senior Citizens Apartments Monday night.
After seeing images on the news of the inferno that destroyed the 30-unit apartment building, community members have sprung into action to donate items to the residents who lost all of their possessions.
People say they just felt moved to do something, and the residents say it helps them to know that people care.
One by one, people arrived on Wednesday to give what they could. They donated all sorts of items, from clothing and shoes to pots and pans and beyond. Some 23 women and 3 men lost everything in Monday night's fire; not only the place they call home, but also everything inside. So now they have to start from scratch, and they can use a lot of help.
"I see the people here as if it were my own family, my mother, my aunt, my sister, a relative," said Sandra Hicks, who arrived to donate items.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but they say it will likely remain undetermined. What they do know is that is started on a second-floor patio.
The Coastal Haven Senior Citizens Apartments is a facility for elderly and disabled people. In the wake of the fire, those people have been displaced.
The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations. Those who wish to make a donation can get ahold of them by visiting their Web site at www.cbtredcross.org, or call them at 361-887-9991. Just specify that you want that money to go to the Coastal Haven fire victims.
Other items can be brought to directly to the apartment complex between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are located at 4710 Middlecoff, near Everhart and Saratoga.
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