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Community comes together to help fire victims, Salvation Army needs volunteers

By Emily Black

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Salvation Army now needs an army of volunteers to help sort through all of the donations they have received for the victim's of Thursdays massive apartment fire.

Firefighters say the two alarm blaze that spread quickly was accidental and caused by a stove that was left on. So many of the residents got out with only the clothes on their back and nothing more.

The Salvation Army says more than anything they need help. The Market Street parking lot on 98th and Quaker was covered with everything from furniture to the basic items the families lost. The donations easily outnumbered the volunteers.

"I came out here to deliver and now I'm just staying to help get the goods on the truck," explained Dianne Grayson whose help is appreciated, but the army is desperate for more people like her. They are calling the mountains of unsorted goods the disaster after the disaster.

"We could probably use fifty volunteers a day for a week to get this straightened out. So we need an army," said Cpt. Morton.

On Saturday, the community answered the call for help, bringing almost everything a family a could need to the Salvation Army's headquarters. The army rented extra storage space for the overflow, but also needs money to help families get back on their feet.

"Money is the thing that helps because it's the right size and the right color," said Cpt. Morton.  The Salvation Army will open its doors to the fire victims Monday inviting them to go through the donated items and to take whatever they need may need.

If you would like to help donate, you can mail in donations or drop them off at the Salvation Army at 1111 16th street. Be sure to let the volunteers know that your donation is for the fire victims. If you want to volunteer your time, you can go to the Salvation Army anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or call at 806-765-9434.

The Red Cross is also accepting donations for the fire victims.

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