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Stoughton Schools, Businesses Looking to Help Park St. Fire Victims

Of the 17 displaced in the May 1 fire on Park St., five are students in the Stoughton Public Schools (SHS, OMS and Dawe). Donations are being collected at Stoughton High and at the O'Donnell Middle School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rizzi said.

An on May 1 at a multi-family home on Park Street in Stoughton , including an infant, Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff said.

While five families were displaced, there were no reports of injuries to civilians or to the crews that responded, according to SFD Captain Doug Campbell. Campbell said all residents self-evacuated. The Red Cross is assisting these residents, he said. 

Kat Powers of the Red Cross said that four of the 17 victims are children under the age of 12.

Dr. Marguerite Rizzi, Superintendent of the , said five of the victims are students in the Stoughton Public Schools. 

The Stoughton Schools are stepping up to help these families, who lost most, if not all of their possessions. Because of the "extensive damage," Chief Dolloff said he considered the home to be a "total loss."

The high school students are Dianna Manning and Kevin Leveque, Dr. Rizzi said. Gift card donations are being collected at the office.

Marial Nozin and Autymn Eloir are at the middle school, and donations there are being collected at the office. 

There is one student at the , but this student has a sibling at OMS and any donations will be shared with her family, Dr. Rizzi said.

There is also going to be a brownie sale at Thursday’s “Knight of Excellence” at the O’Donnell Middle School, with all the proceeds going to the fire victims. The “Knight of Excellence” takes place May 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A Stoughton business, , will be donating 20 percent of their sales on Saturday and Sunday (May 5 and 6) to the fire victims and will match any additional donations for the fire victims made those days at Daddy's, according to their Facebook page.

Bela Santos of “” is holding a special class at her studio (2 Canton Street, Suite 117) Sunday, May 6 at 9 a.m. to raise money for her client and friend, Lindsey Maloney, another victim of the Park St. fire.

Lindsey, Chris and their baby girl, Quinn, lost everything in the fire, Santos told About Town’s Mark Snyder.

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J. Boucher May 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I am a friend of 2 fire victims, one is cancer patient. The Red Cross put them up in a hotel in Brockton for 1 nite. Because this patients income is $14.00 that's right FOURTEEN dollars over the limit, welfare will not pay for a roof over their head. He also told the Red Cross that he needed his medicine to be delivered to a permanent address, he asked the Red Cross rep. should I stand in front of my friends house and wait for the truck to show up with my medicine...the Red Cross rep actually said " not a bad idea" SUCH EMPATHY FROM THE RED CROSS!!! Would they treat their family the same way? This family does not even have anywhere to stay tonite.....I can't believe there is no help for them, but others are being taken care of!!!
Dawn May 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Red Cross and Welfare should be ashamed of themselves. These are the exact kind of people they are supposed to be helping. There are plenty of people on welfare that don't belong on it, and this person is sick, homeless and lost all their belongings. I can't think of anyone more deserving of their assistance! Thankfully we have good people in Stoughton willing to help and conduct fundraisers. Makes me think twice about continuing to donate to the Red Cross!
Theresa May 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM
My heart goes out to those families who have lost everything. They will be in my prayers. I wish I could help, but i have been out of work for 3 yrs and I dont even qualify fir welfare. God forgive me but i guess u have to be a certain kind of person to qualify. I will pray everynight for those who have lost so much and would mb e willing to loan out my address if the need ever came up for his meds

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