The City of Peterborough is encouraging people who want to support the residents of TVM Mansions who were displaced as a result of the early morning fire on Sunday (September 20) to donate gift cards instead of clothing, furniture, or household items.
“The residents who are temporarily in a hotel are not able to store donated items,” states a media release from the city. “They are working with community agencies to find alternative housing.”
Community agencies are also working with the residents to provide help with immediate needs for food and clothing.
The city says people who want to donate gift cards for the residents can drop them off at the main Peterborough Fire Services fire hall at 210 Sherbrooke Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
About 30 people were displaced by the fire at the 85-unit apartment complex owned by TVM Group, which has entrances at 369 Hunter Street West, 384 Park Street North, and 386 Park Street North.
A 35-year-old Peterborough woman has been charged with arson and attempted murder in relation to the fire.
“Thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to offer support to these residents who have lost their homes and their belongings,” says Jodi DeNoble, the city’s manager of emergency and risk management.
“Once the residents have plans for their housing, they’ll have a better idea of the items they may need and when they can accept any donated items. Until then, gift cards will help them get items specific to meet their needs at this time.”