Thousands raised for fire victims

Com­munity and loc­al church ef­forts led to a char­it­able col­lec­tion of over $4,000 and a room­ful of donated goods for fam­il­ies on the 2800 block of Mem­ph­is Street dis­placed by a fire on Ju­ly 21. 

This room­ful of donated goods, col­lec­ted by River Wards res­id­ents for the dis­placed vic­tims of a Mem­ph­is Street fire, was opened to the vic­tims on Sunday, Au­gust 11.

The Port Rich­mond com­munity con­tin­ues to help its neigh­bors get back on their feet after their homes were des­troyed.

Vo­lun­teers opened a room­ful of donated goods on Sunday, Aug. 11, to the res­id­ents of five Mem­ph­is Street homes des­troyed dur­ing a massive fire on Ju­ly 21.

On Aug. 10, more than 100 mem­bers of Port Rich­mond’s Firm Hope Baptist Church and Dis­ney-Nich­ols A.M.E. Church came to­geth­er to hold the “Mem­ph­is Street Be­cause We Care” be­ne­fit con­cert to raise money for the vic­tims of the fire.

Dur­ing the con­cert, which fea­tured mu­sic by loc­al sing­ers, dona­tions totaled more than $2,000, bring­ing total dona­tions for the vic­tims to about $4,000, ex­clud­ing gift cards and gift cer­ti­fic­ates, ac­cord­ing to Di­ane Har­cum, min­is­ter of fin­ances at Firm Hope.

The Mem­ph­is Street fire was re­por­ted at 1:09 a.m. on Sunday, Ju­ly 21. It began when a 32-year-old male star­ted a fire with an un­known in­cen­di­ary device at 2842 Mem­ph­is St., re­portedly dur­ing a do­mest­ic-re­lated dis­turb­ance, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment Pub­lic Af­fairs of­ficer Jill Rus­sell said that po­lice are cur­rently still search­ing for the ar­son­ist at press-time, but de­clined to re­lease his name. 

Dona­tions for vic­tims have also been col­lec­ted at Moth­er of Di­vine Grace Cath­ol­ic Church, Mem­ph­is Street Academy Charter School, Fishtown’s liberti church east and An­thony’s Caf&ea­cute;, and the Port Rich­mond of­fice of State Rep. John Taylor. ••

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