Community Reacts to St. Vincent DePaul Fire

Community Reacts to St. Vincent DePaul Fire

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Dec 20, 2011

The nineteen staff members of Lansing's Saint Vincent DePaul Thrift Store haven't wasted any time doing what they can to keep their charity afloat after Sunday morning's fire destroyed most of their building. They set up shop this week at Saint Gerald's school in Waverly to start contacting their clients.

President of Lansing's Saint Vincent Marcia Barrons-Maiville explains how the team is not taking time to grieve: "The clients who we promised to pay their utilities will still be paid if they already had appointments set up with our client assistance office."

The blaze destroyed wrapped presents that were to be delivered to area families in need this Christmas. The donations St. Vincent's has received in less than a day after the tragedy have already made up for the lost gifts.

"We thank everybody that has sent us donations," said Marcia. "As soon as we are able to accept other than monetary donations, if you could hold on to them for us, we would be most appreciative."

The group hopes to have a long-term temporary location secured by the end of the week. From there they will aim to renovate or rebuild at the original location that they have called home since 1984. They are still waiting to hear if any part of the building is salvageable.

They will not be able to be reached by their original phone number until Tuesday at the earliest. You can donate by sending checks to the following address:

1020 South Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48910

Also as early as Tuesday, they will be able to accept credit card donations through their website: