Dear Members of the Fordham Family,
As you may know, last night tragedy struck our neighbors in The Bronx when 12 members of the community lost their lives in a fire, and many more were displaced by the blaze. At least four of the victims were children, making the loss even more heartbreaking. Frigid temperatures have exacerbated their plight.
Fordham Campus Ministry will designate this Sunday’s collection and supplement it for the Bronx fire victims, and will take up a collection at all of the Masses on the first weekend after the winter break to aid those who have been displaced.
One of our own, Michael Yu, FCRH ’16, a member of Bronx Community Board 6, has put out a call for gently used clothing. You may donate via the Dorothy Day Center: firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 817-4510. I urge you to donate whatever you can to help our neighbors in their hour of need.
Here are some additional resources:
NY Red Cross set up a reception center for displaced families at Crotona International Academy – 2474 Crotona Ave (https://twitter.com/redcrossny/status/946605758103343105)
The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the NYPD, FDNY, OEM, and Bronx Borough President’s Office announced a coat and clothing collection drive. Items will be collected at Church of St. Martin of Tours – 2239 Crotona Ave on Sat 12/30 and Sun 12/31 from 9am-4pm both days (https://twitter.com/NYPD48Pct/status/946846386540204032)
The office of Council Member Ritchie Torres is running a donation drive for canned food, diapers, body wash, deodorant, hand sanitizer, toiletries, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products. Items will be collected at 573 E. Fordham Rd (entrance on Hoffman St.) on Sat 12/30 from 11am-2pm (https://twitter.com/RitchieTorres/status/946846741806108672)
Finally, I ask you to keep the victims and their families and neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.