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American Red Cross and Community Members Reach Out to Help Displaced Families

Donated items have been collected for the family members who lost everything from last Friday's fire in Winchester.
WINCHESTER, VA - The 20 families who lost their homes in last Friday's massive fire at the Bellview Apartment Complex are continuing to struggle to make ends meet.
The landlord at the apartment complex has offered some families vacant rooms. Meanwhile, some are living at shelters.
"It's horrible, horrible and they're lost. These people are lost," says Lorrie Rhoton, American Red Cross Emergency Disaster Services manager.
Luckily, nobody was physically injured in the fire but the damages have been overwhelming for the community.
"I don't know what the landlord is providing; he's providing space quickly. I do know that. The community surrounding all of the people, our hearts are going out to them especially here at the Red Cross," adds Rhoton.
The American Red Cross and the community have been combining efforts to bring the families' lives back to normal.
"I feel awful. I can't begin to imagine. That's one of my greatest fears and they've lost everything, and so this is just a tiny little thing to do to help them," says Barbara Fogel, a Winchester resident who has donated several items to help the families.
Many of the families never thought they would be starting from the bottom and they say nothing will compare to the home they lost.
"We feel very bad but everybody is scared a little bit and a little bit," says Eugenai Matias, a family member who has lost her home.
"We lost all of the apartment. It fell down and everything got wet. We can't recover anything and for the electrics too. The clothes are all gone," says Erasmo Albarado, a family member who has also lost his home.
Three families still need apartments and while each has been a struggle, they have not lost sight of hope.
"We're just going to reach out everyday until their lives get back to normal," adds Rhoton.
In the meantime, children and adults have been working to rebuild their lives that were forever burned in just a matter of minutes.
If you would like to make donations to help out the families, items can be dropped off at the Bellview Apartment Complex everyday this week until Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
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