Get Involved: Donate to Victims of McAllen Apartment Fire

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You may have heard the tragic news over the weekend of the apartment fire that resulted in hundreds of McAllen residents homeless before the Labor Day holiday.

The City of McAllen posted the following about donation information:

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for several families who lost their belongings in a massive apartment complex fire, over the weekend.

In an interview with the McAllen Cable Network, Assistant City Manager Pilar Rodriguez said that about 82 tenants were displaced after a fire gutted 25 units at 1212 East Dallas, early Sunday. A temporary, 3-day shelter was set up for displaced residents at a Pharr hotel. "Half of them will be allowed to return to units not impacted by fire," Rodriguez said. "We're in the process of clearing those apartments right now for electrical, mechanical, plumbing code and also the fire and life safety codes to make sure they are safe to go back into." As of Tuesday morning, all but one of 12 people sent to the hospital, with non-life threatening injuries, had been released. To help the fire victims, call the American Red Cross at (956) 787-7851 and ask to donate in care of the 1212 Dallas fire in McAllen. McAllen ISD Steps In To Help The McAllen ISD State and Federal Programs Office is accepting donations for anything. The contact number is 632-3232. McAllen ISD officials are making contact with the families and are trying to meet their needs. The State & Federal Programs office is at 2000 N. 23rd St. in Portable Bldg. No. 74. The families are in need of the following: - car seat (at least 2); - diapers (size 3); - clothing for children ages 24 months to 5T; - clothing for adults (men and women); - hygiene products (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo); - food vouchers (immediate); - hotel vouchers (immediate) and/or; - suitecases or plastic tubs to carry their personal belongings On Monday, a district group (counselors, nurses, parent training specialists, campus principals and central office staff) visited with the families at the Knight’s Inn in Pharr where the families have temporary shelter. Families were provided with information regarding services available (MHMR, church donations, phone numbers to retrieve documents lost). Children were provided with shoes, undergarments and other necessities to be able to accommodate them during these first few days. Currently the City of McAllen Housing Department is working on trying to find shelter for these families. The majority of the children got on the school bus today which picked them up at Knight’s Inn. In addition, McAllen ISD has been in contact with non-profit organizations and other businesses wanting to donate.