gothamist.com: [UPDATES] Gas Explosion Causes East Village Building Collapse, Fire, Multiple Injuries 3/26/15 nytimes.com: At Least 2 People Missing After Explosion in Lower Manhattan 3/27/15 Source: CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities‘ Facebook page 3/27/15 : Nicholas Figueroa, a patron at one of the restaurants, and Moises Lucon, a busser from one of the restaurants, are still missing from the#EastVillageExplosion, 22 injured, 4 in critical condition, 208 units were loss and 144 units vacated nearby. We are tremendously sad by this devastation in the East Village/LES community and our hearts go out to the families, individuals, and small businesses impacted. Updated: 3/28/15 Gothamist: 3 Restaurants Destroyed in East Village Explosion Updated 3/29/15
Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) and LES Ready – Long Term Recovery Group are collecting shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brush, hats, new underwear, shoes for kids, lightly worn jackets, scarves, simple shelving, a few rolling racks and hangers to display clothing . Donations can be dropped off at GOLES 169 Ave. B. Source: DNAinfo.com If you’re looking for ways to help victims, here’s how: ► VOLUNTEER LES Ready, a nonprofit based in the Lower East Side, is looking for volunteers to assist with longterm recover efforts for victims and their families, said Lilah Mejia, a coordinator with the group. Fill out a form at LES Ready’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org ► DONATE Church of the Nativity, 44 2nd Ave., will be collecting clothes and funds on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The donations will be given to the Red Cross, according to a parishioner. They will also be accepting pillows and blankets for people who were displaced by the explosion and are currently staying in shelters. The Middle Collegate Church, at 112 2nd Ave., will be accepting monetary donations at the church’s 11:15 a.m. worship, senior minister Jacqui Lewis said. The house of worship is currently acting as a base for the disaster’s first responders. Next week, they expect to have more information on how locals can volunteer and donate to help the victims. For details, check its website in the coming days. Two GoFundMe pages have been set up to help residents who lost their posessions in the fire. To help Nora and Matt Brooks, click here. For McKenzie, here. The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is accepting donations to assist those affected, here. The Red Cross is also accepting financial donations through its website, here. A reception center has been set up at Tompkins Square Library with the Office of Emergency Management, but they are not accepting donations. A previous location of the center at P.S. 63 is now closed. LOCAL BUSINESSES LOOKING TO HELP VICTIMS By Friday, a slew of local buisnesses looked to extend a helping hand to victims of the blast. The Standard announced they would lodge anyone displaced by the fire for free. Furniture store AptDeco said they would donate furniture to one family who lost their home in the blast. Real estate agent Miron Properties offered to find families apartments free of charge.
Displaced victims with pets could lodge their animals for free for three days at Happy Dogs NYC.
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