Donations pour in for Jollyville fire victims



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Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Donations are pouring in for families left homeless by a devastating fire at a Jollyville apartment complex.

Fire consumed three buildings at the International Residence Apartments on Thursday. A total of 68 families, more than 100 people, lost their homes to the blaze.

"You can hold onto memories but you can't replace lives," said Jamie Denney.

Denney's daughter woke her up at 2 a.m. asking for a cup of juice. Denney noticed the smoke, lights and flames and quickly evacuated her apartment. She says she's thankful her kids are safe and no one was hurt.

"The one thing I really care about are the baby books and the family Bible," said Denney.

Many of those families spent the night at a shelter set up at Northwest Fellowship Church.

Dozens of people went to that church, as well as Round Rock School District donation locations, Thursday to drop things off for the victims.

"We had 13 families lose everything," said Amy Jacobs, The Principal of Forest North Elementary.

Parents, teachers, students and volunteers came to school on their day off to accept donations.

The Salvation Army is offering $500 vouchers to each family

The Red Cross is providing hot meals and accepting donations for those in need.

The Austin Disaster Relief Network also organized several donation drives Friday.

People are asked to donate new or gently used furniture, mattresses, beds, household items and toys for the children.

  • At the Twin Lakes Fellowship Church at 1150 South Bell Boulevard in Cedar Park, volunteers will accept donations from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Donations are also being taken to Forest North Elementary School.
  • The ADRN is also asking for Walmart and HEB gift cards for the victims. Those can be dropped off at the Hill Country Bible Church Northwest at 12123 RR 620 Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • And the Hill Country Church Nazarene Church, 1750 Bagdad Road in Cedar Park, is accepting clothing items  and non-perishable food items. They will be accepting donations there until 3 p.m. Friday.
  • However, officials with the ADRN say if you have a mix of items or can only go to the church closest to you, you can drop off any item at any of the locations.

If you are a victim in need of assistance you can call (512) 331-2600. If you want to volunteer call (512) 331-2200 or click here.

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