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Survival Is in Their Blood; Donation, Relief Center Under Way

Edgewater—A local Jewish family jumped into immediate action to help the victims of the Avalon apartment complex fire that took place two weeks ago and left hundreds of people homeless.

Coming from a long history of survivors and a strong work ethic that is deeply ingrained in their culture, Mindy Gale and David Zeigerman knew something had to be done fast to provide relief for the hundreds of displaced people. There just was not enough room or staffing to handle donations and distribution of provisions at the Community Center.

With the approval of Edgewater Mayor McPartland and a late night “ok” from Gale’s client, outdoor mall City Place, the official donation and relief center was under way.

By noon the next day, the City Place Donation & Relief Center was open to receive an outpouring of donations from local residents. Just 12 hours after evacuees overwhelmed the Edgewater Community Center, the City Place space was brimming with donations, staff, and needy recipients. The center serviced 85 displaced families on the first day and provided every necessity from toothbrushes to outerwear, food items, pet supplies, and baby needs.

“This past week has been tough—mentally and physically,” offers Gale. “But our hope and determination like that of our ancestors will keep us going. We will not stop until these people have everything they need to rebuild.”

By Lauren Garfinkel

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