North Austin church doubles as shelter for fire victims


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on December 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 11:04 AM

AUSTIN -- The communities of Jollyville and other Austin area cities stepped up in full force Thursday night with donations to help fire victims.

They lost their homes after a fire broke out at their apartment complex in the wee hours of the morning Thursday. at the International Residence Apartment near Highway 183 and Lake Creek Boulevard. 

“This is what you're supposed to do. If you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, if you believe in the charity of the season, this is what you're supposed to do. This is no big deal,” said Jacqueline Slaughter, a local teacher who showed up with relatives with tons of shopping bags for those who lost their homes. 

“People's biggest needs were just for those most immediate things. Where am I going to stay now? Shoes, clothes or being able to get back in to their apartments or maybe being able to take medications that they weren't able to take when they evacuated,” said Sara Kennedy with the Red Cross of Central Texas. 

It still isn’t clear what caused the devastating blaze that consumed 68 apartment units leaving 120 people homeless. 

Twin Lakes Fellowship Church at 1150 South Bell Boulevard in Austin is where a warehouse is being set up Friday for donations.

Anyone else needing help can also contact either the Austin Disaster Relief Network at (512) 331-2600  Central Texas Red Cross at (512) 928-4271.


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