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Fund set up for Morgan Park fire victims

DonnClaxtstands outside Terrace Place West Condominiums  Morgan Park after Saturday blaze displaced Claxt44 others  from all 34 units

Donna Claxton stands outside the Terrace Place West Condominiums in Morgan Park after a Saturday blaze displaced Claxton and 44 others from all 34 units Saturday. Like most residents, she lost everything in the fire. | Casey Toner~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:19AM



A fund has been established to assist the 70 residents of Chicago’s Morgan Park community who were displaced after a fire swept through their condominium building Saturday.

Donations can be made at the 19th Ward office of Ald. Matt O’Shea, who set up the fund. The office is at 10400 S. Western Ave.

Checks made out to the Morgan Park Fire Victims’ Fund can be dropped off at the office or mailed to Standard Bank, 2400 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.

No more clothing is needed, as hundreds of pieces already have been donated, according to Marty Joyce, O’Shea’s chief of staff.

“What we really need now is cash and gift cards. Cash and checks can go to the bank, cash, checks and gift cards can be dropped off at the ward office,” Joyce said.

Gift cards from County Fair Grocery Store, Jewel-Osco, Kohl’s, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Visa are examples of practical gift cards, according to a news release from the ward office.

Residents from the five-story building at 2030 W. 111th St. have found temporary places to live, Joyce said.

“For the most part, they are staying with friends and family, or in hotels if insurance pays for it,” Joyce said.



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