Members of the Odenton community responded this week to aid a family displaced by a fire in their home.
Nube and Salomon Martinez and their four children told neighbors that they are no longer in need of clothing donations, but would accept shoes and other household items.
"At this time the family would like to send their THANKS for all the donations!" neighbor Cynthia Bergman wrote. "They have asked to hold off on any other clothes donations. They are still in need of shoes though. Thank you all for your support at this time."
The family hoped to find a new house either this weekend or Monday, neighbor Bergman said.
The house on Rita Drive was gutted by a fire that appeared to start in the basement Wednesday morning. Fire officials spent most of the afternoon trying to put it out, and the cause is still under investigation.
No one was injured in the blaze, but many of the Martinez family's belongings were lost in the fire.
In addition to donating shoes and household goods, people can donate money to the family through a special bank account.
Checks can be made out to “Rita Drive Fire Fund” Account# 9855038296 at M&T Bank. The checks should be sent to Edward Wetherbee Jr. at 534 Rita Dr. Odenton, MD 21113.
Wetherbee can also be contacted by phone at (443) 558-6409 or by email at email@example.com.
Neighbors said the girls enjoy playing with Hello Kitty, i-Carly and Barbie toys.
The family also has two dogs, and neighbors said they enjoy eating bacon strips.
Those wishing to help can contact Cynthia Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will reply with a drop off or pickup time and location.
The National Junior Honor Society at Arundel Middle School has also offered to collect items and raise money.
The family provided these sizes for clothing, but said to hold off on clothing donations for now.
|Shoe size||Pant size||Shirt size|
Freddy Molina, age 16
|Christian Molina, age 14||7||28"-29"||Small|
|Angelina Martinez, age 5||11 toddler||5T||5T|
|Joanna Martinez, age 3||9 toddler||4T||4T|
|Nube Martinez, mother||7 1/2||Women's 10-11||Medium|
|Salomon Martinez, father||10 1/2||32" waist, 30" length||Medium|
Anyone else who is organizing efforts to help the Martinez family can email email@example.com or leave a comment below.