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Friday, April 5 - UPDATE: Donations for Chesapeake Beach Fire Victims

Generous donations are pouring in from the community in support of those affected by the April 3 fire in Chesapeake Beach. Agencies are nearly at capacity for accepting physical items like clothing, food, household items, etc.

Those wishing to donate to the cause are asked to refrain from dropping off items at this time. Once all fire victims are placed in housing, agencies will announce the types of items that may be needed.

Monetary donations are still accepted through the United Way of Calvert County.

You may also drop off monetary donations at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall located at 8200 Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After-hours donations can be dropped off in the secure drop box.


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Chesapeake Beach, MD – The tragic fire that occurred in Chesapeake Beach Wednesday, April 3—which happened to be the town’s 125th anniversary---has local and county residents working to render aid to the displaced residents. Here is a compilation of some of the ongoing efforts. Readers of TheBayNet.com may want to get involved and contact information is provided.

From Calvert County Government are details on items needed and the agencies involved in coordinating donation efforts—Non-Monetary Donations: Water, shelf stable food, personal care items, etc. accepted for the next two weeks
Collection center: Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Phone: 410-257-2554. Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Household items and other donations will be handled by Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee once housing is secured for the individuals impacted. More details will be available on specific needs pending those arrangements.

Monetary Donations, United Way of Calvert County, Donate online here. You can text to give by texting to 91999 with the message “Chesbeachfund” (all one word); a link will appear for donating. For donations by check, include “Chesapeake Beach Fire Relief Fund” in the memo and mail to: P.O. Box 560, 530 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Phone: 410-535-2000. Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Beach Town Hall - Drop off gift cards and donations for United Way of Calvert County, 8200 Bayside Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Phone: 410-257-2230. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; after-hours donations can be dropped off in the secure drop box.

On Thursday, April 4, the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake Region issued the following information related to the Southern Maryland chapter’s response to the multi-unit fire in Chesapeake Beach yesterday afternoon. The American Red Cross of Southern Maryland continues to assist residents in the 3800 block of Gordon Stinnett Ave. where occupants of 12 townhome units were displaced due to the April 3rd fire that remains under investigation. The American Red Cross set up a reception center at the nearby Northeast Community Center to provide canteen, feeding and comfort to the nearly 35 individuals affected by the fire and provide relief to approximately 85 firefighters who beat back the flames. Overnight, 10 Red Cross volunteers and staff opened recovery cases, provided immediate assistance and offered health and mental health services to impacted residents. That work continues. The Red Cross remains cooperatively engaged with Calvert County and Town of Chesapeake Beach authorities to make sure those impacted and displaced by the fire are safe and well.
Home fire safety -- reducing home fire deaths and injuries -- are a top priority of the American Red Cross. It’s an effort we take very seriously. Our Sound the Alarm campaign coupled with local partnerships to install free smoke alarms has saved more than 550 lives nationwide since 2014, some of which are in this region. On average, the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland, Delaware and Virginia families four times each day. After disasters, the Red Cross provides services including: emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling, thanks to the generosity of financial donors and the commitment of volunteers.

A messgage from Chesapeake Beach:
The recent tragic events in Chesapeake Beach have led to an outpour of community members, civic organizations and local businesses seeking a channel to help the families impacted by the recent fires.
Listed are ways you can help:Chesapeake Beach Town Hall will collect gift cards for purchases of clothing, personal items and groceries. Gift Cards can be dropped off at Town Hall from 8:30-4:30 pm. After hours donations can be placed in the secure drop box. The Northeast Community Center is collecting water, clothing and non-perishable food items, during open hours. American Legion will also be collecting the same donations from 12-8 pm daily. CVS Pharmacy will be providing contributions of personal items. Donations can be made to Red Cross. Donors can specify the community for funds to be contributed locally. Local businesses are encouraged to notify Chesapeake Beach Town Hall if they are organizing a fund drive.

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