Charity organizers call on community to help Woodcliff Apartments fire victims

More than 40 people are now homeless. Firefighters have said 17 units were destroyed when a grass fire fed by wind and the drought blazed up to consume one of the Woodcliff Apartments buildings on North Oakley Drive.

Now local charity organizations including the United Way, The Red Cross and The Urban League meet at St. Mary’s United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Tuesday to coordinate donation efforts to help the families in need of even the most basic home needs before the holiday starts.

Donators can dial 211 in Columbus at anytime to receive information on ways to help. Agents are standing by for calls 24/7 and 365 days a year.

The apartment complex’s management company also says gift card donations can be dropped off at the Midtown Property Management office on Armour Road.

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