Volunteers needed

Two local groups are looking for volunteers. The MDCA is “VERY short of volunteers” at the Pearen Park skating rink. They are looking for some good people to work in the skate shop, some talented folks to coach skating after school and on the weekends. If you are interested, you can contact Simon.

From the BCA

The Black Creek Alliance is also hoping you’ll stop up to help them with their pollinator’s festival. While all hands are welcome, they are extra interested in hearing volunteer coordinators and entertainers. They’ll be hosting their first meeting at Access Alliance at 761 Jane St on Feb 11th from 6-7:30. They would be grateful if you would RSVP.

Fire update

Tan Ya Collins of the Black Creek Alliance posted an update on the extended family whose home was destroyed in the fire at 43 Lambton Avenue. While there has been progress–and more than $10,000 has been raised–the families are “frantically looking for another home to rent or 2 apartments ideally in the same building..”

Collins is asking the community for leads. She says “This family is very loving and fighting hard to give their kids a good future. They are very appreciative of all the support the community has given them.”

If you happen to know someone with a place to rent in the range of $2100 a month, Collins would be grateful to hear from you.

Fundraising tops $10,000 for fire-displaced family

Community members have donated more than $10,000 to support the family displaced by a house fire at 43 Lambton Avenue.

From Erin Ronningen

14 people in one extended family, including 8 children and 6 adults, were the victims of a fire that left them with virtually nothing. The Black Creek Alliance started the fundraising effort five days ago to raise money that would help them with “a new place to rent and get themselves organized and back on their feet.”

As of this morning, the community had donated $10,150 to the family, surpassing the $10,000 goal. Donations are still warmly welcomed.

 

Mount Dennis family loses “everything” in 3 alarm fire

A Mount Dennis family has lost “everything” in a three-alarm fire, according to CTV News.

The house at 43 Lambton Avenue was completely destroyed, though everyone in the 14-member extended family escaped without injury.

“First my mom opened the basement door and then the fire started to come up, so they ran outside,” Patricia Dinai said, translating for her Hungarian-speaking father.

The family was able to escape without injury but lost everything in the fire.

From Erin Ronningen

“We lost every paper, every ID,” Dinai said. “Everything…

Erin Ronningen, of the Black Creek Alliance, has started a fundraising campaign for the family. It has raised about $4100 of a $10,000 goal. The BCA is also accepting donations of winter clothing at St Mary and St Martha Anglican Church, at 1149 Weston Rd.

Marc Dunn, from the Fire Investigation department, is looking for photographs of the fire. “Any information that may aid in our investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire would be much appreciated”, he wrote. If you have any information, you can call him at (416) 803-9143.