Donation drive for Watterson Lakeview Apartment fire victims

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Louisville businesswomen and community activists are leading a grassroots effort to help families affected by the recent fire at the Watterson Lakeview Apartments.

A fundraiser will be held Friday and Sunday at the West End Baptist Church at 1400 South 4th Street in Old Louisville.

“The community where this happened is very close to my heart as most of my family and friends were born and raised in the south west of the city,” said organizer Shena Newman. “The goal is to show these families that they have the support and care of those near and far. As this is the holiday season, it is important to live and act on the true meaning of this time of year.”

On Thursday, December 8, a 16-unit apartment building in the Jacobs neighborhood caught fire. The Louisville Fire Department reported that one person was killed in the fire and three adults and three minors were taken to the hospital. Eight families, including 11 children, lost everything they owned.

“Think about it, if you didn’t even have your wallet, how would you start over?” asked Neuman. “They are trying to figure out where to go for shelter, how to feed their children, if they will be able to go to the bank and access funds. You have lost everything.”

West End Baptist Church members understand the process of rebuilding after a tragic fire. In 1989, the original church on West Jefferson Street caught fire.

The fire burned down the community hall, education building, and offices. The church on South 4th Street is a testimony of how community support can rebuild what is broken.

“When this happened to these families, our hearts were ready to say yes,” said Reverend Dartanya Hill of West End Baptist Church. “Let’s support. Let’s be encouraging. Let’s help in any way we can. Let us give up our resources, facilities, and time to help these families recover and show them the restoration God can provide.”

Newman said they still need volunteers and donations of new to very gently used clothing, personal care items, new toys or gift cards.

Three or more volunteers are required for the following dates and times:

  • Friday 16 December: 10:30am – 12:30pm (arrival time 10:00am)
  • Friday, December 16: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (arrival time 3:45 p.m.)
  • Sunday, December 18: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (arrival time 1:45 p.m.)

Contact Shena Newman at (502) 509-1614 to find out how you can help.

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