Two groups affiliated with Taft Elementary School are holding a fundraiser this weekend to benefit a fourth-grade student and her family who lost nearly everything they owned when a two-alarm fire destroyed their home in the LeMar Mobile Home Park last month.
The Redwood City Firefighters Association is also joining in, hosting a barbecue to raise money for all the residents affected by the Jan. 16 blaze that displaced 15 people, hospitalized a 12-year-old girl for possible smoke inhalation and caused an estimated $135,000 in damage. The fire destroyed one trailer and a car and damaged two other trailers in the park located at 1933 E. Bayshore Road. Seven people were displaced from one trailer and four others displaced from each of two other trailers that caught fire.
About 40 firefighters controlled the blaze in less than an hour after it was reported at 10:53 a.m. that Monday. The final damage total and cause of the fire have yet to be released.
Now, the community is hoping to help those affected, particularly one family hit the hardest.
The three-member family whose daughter attends Taft Elementary School will benefit from a garage sale and donation dropoffs organized by the Taft School Parent Group and Taft School Parent Teacher Organization.
Taft families have donated items to sell with proceeds going to the needy family and is also accepting cash donations or more items in sellable condition. The family, who were uninjured by the fire and currently living with relatives, received a lot of donated food and clothing afterward and don’t have much space to receive any more right now.
"As nice as it would be, there is really nowhere to put them so cash is really the best,” said a member of the parent group who declined to give her name.
Although the garage sale is earmarked for the specific family, the firefighters’ barbecue will raise money for all those affected. The meal costs $5 and include hot dogs, burgers, chips and sodas.
The fundraiser and garage sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Taft Elementary School Cafeteria, 903 10th Ave., Redwood City.
For more information, contact the Taft Parent Group at 569-3868.
Michelle Durand can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.