Last night there was an apartment fire at the building in which my brother-in-law and his family live in. It appears to have started in the apartment directly below theirs. While they all made it out safely, they were unable to grab any belongings, clothes, or their family cat.
They've lost everything, and though they have renter's insurance, it will be a while before they can recover the things they have lost. In the meantime, I ask all of you to please keep their family in your prayers, and if you are in the local Omaha area or want to ship any donations, please contact me and I can give you information on how to get them to us.
For clothes, we are looking for Kids sizes 6T, 4T, and 2T and Adult sizes Women's size 22/2XL and Men's size 32/36 / XL. We also need adult shoes sizes Women's 11 Wide and Men's 12.
Other helpful donations would be: towels, hygiene/grocery items, gift cards/cash, a few toys for the kids (not a whole lot), small dog food, winter coats, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. Mostly we are looking for things they can use while they temporarily stay at a relative's house, and not as many of the big items until they are able to find another place to live (though we are willing to store some things at our house for them if we need to). The best option would be the gift cards and cash so that they are able to go get what they need when they need it, and go out for dinners so they don't have to worry about groceries as much while they stay with their relatives.
If you are interested in donating anything, please go to: http://www.javajesspublishing.com and fill out the "Contact Us" form - I try not to post my email address on the internet usually if possible.