MANCHESTER (April 2, 2008) – Mayor Frank Guinta made the following statement regarding the four-alarm fire that left more than 100 Manchester residents homeless:
“I want to first state that I am thankful that there were only a few minor injuries. While many people lost most of their prized possessions, our health is the most important possession, and I want to thank the brave fire fighters from Manchester and beyond that fought this devastating blaze and making sure that there was very little physical harm to the victims.
“I have been on the phone with safety and relief officials since hearing about the fire last night. In these conversations, they’ve stated the need for monetary, non-monetary and food donations “Monetary donations, preferably checks, can be dropped off or mailed at the Greater Manchester Chapter of the American Red Cross; 1800 Elm St.; Manchester. The facility is capable of accepting donations during business hours and can be reached at (603) 624-4307. For those that want to during other hours, they can do so by www.redcrossmanchester.org.
“The Salvation Army in Manchester is coordinating the acceptance of non-monetary donations. The immediate need will be for toiletries and small household items. Those can be dropped off at Milly’s Tavern through Thursday. Starting Monday, April 7, the need will be for furniture and other larger goods to get the victims re-established. They can be accepted at the Salvation Army’s facility on 121 Cedar St. in Manchester. For details, call (603) 627-7013. In addition, donations can also be made at https://secure.unionleader.com/customercare/firefund.aspx.
“Food donations for the victims will be accepted by the New Hampshire Food Bank, which is located at 62 West Brook St. in Manchester. They will be accepting non-perishable goods and monetary donations, which can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“Time and again, Manchester has stepped up to provide help, comfort and support for those in need, whether it was during the Mother’s Day floods of 2006, providing food for the needy during the holidays, or helping victims of fires. I am asking everyone to do what they can again.”