It was a small fire that caused a big problem at the Salvation Army building in Meadville and now the race is on to save Christmas for some 200 families.
The fire started in the back of a refrigerator on the property. It was contained fairly quickly but the thick smoke from the fire ruined the toys and food stored there that was earmarked for an upcoming holiday delivery. Now, the scramble is on to find new donations to help the families counting on those donations and the Meadville community is responding.
Joyce Keenan of Toys for Tots says, “if they need any kind of assistance, we stand by ready to help them as much as we possibly can and we feel very badly that this happened at this time of the year”.
A trailer and heat tent will open every day from 8am to 5pm to take donations in the parking lot at 1087 Park Avenue in Meadville. The Chipblaster Company is donating space for staff and volunteers to sort the donations. Because time is short, the Salvation Army is looking for toys only, but donations of money can be made online at www.salvationarmywpa.org/meadvillefire.