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Firefighter walks in front of the iced over Cedar-Riverside apartments in Minneapolis after battling a fire that claimed at least one life

Salvation Army fund for survivors of tragic Minneapolis fire

Added on Friday, January 3, 2014

The tragic fire at the Cedar Ave. apartments on New Years Day claimed at least two lives and injured many others. The Salvation Army disaster relief team arrived immediately to support the first responders in their difficult battle in below zero temps. In addition, the Army is helping survivors recover from the disaster (make a donation to help the survivors).

Not surprisingly, the community is reaching out to help with financial gifts. The Salvation Army has a history of making sure donations to disasters stay with those survivors. Every dollar donated will be dedicated to aide in the recovery of the residents of the Cedar Ave. apartments. Salvation Army services in times of disasters, like fires, are most often behind the scenes and provided weeks after the incident. This is especially true in this case since most of the survivors remain hospitalized.

“Along with some immediate help which may include shelter and meals and providing personal items, there are needs later as the survivors find new housing,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army commander. “We often provide help with furniture and household items as the families re-establish new homes and if we have the resources we provide help with the expenses of the move like damage deposit or first month’s rent.”

Although The Salvation Army has limited funds for general assistance during times of disaster, it must collect donations specifically for a disaster situation in order to provide broad care for the survivors. A fund has been established for the survivors of the Cedar Ave. Fire. All money collected will be restricted to care of those affected by this tragedy.

“We applaud KSTP News for their generous gift of $10,000 to this compassionate outreach for those suffering,” Strickler said. “The Salvation Army will use all resources to help with the recovery. We are humbled by the trust in our organization.”

Donations to the fund can be made online or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113 and designating “Cedar Ave. Fire” in the memo.

Photo courtesy: KSTP-TV/Steve Tellier