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Fundraising efforts planned to help family who lost home to fire


May 21, 2004

Ketchikan, AK - It was a blessing that no one was injured during the fire that completely destroyed Kathleen Diggs' home at 210 Strawberry Road last Friday morning. A week ago, three people lived in the home, one a child. Now their home, clothing, furniture and all their belongings are gone - but not their friends and neighbors and not their community.

photo Ketchikan home lost to fire

The Diggs' home was lost along with everything in it last Friday morning - there are no longer any walls, some of the floor has fallen in and half the roof has collapsed.
Photo courtesy Danielle Miller

Fundraising efforts have been underway for the past week to bring the community together in helping this family who lost their home to fire. Friends and neighbors of the Diggs' family have organized a car wash fundraising event in the community and have also set up fire relief trust accounts for the Diggs family at Tongass Federal Credit Union and First Bank where donations can be made by community members.

Collection cans for fire relief donations to the family have have also been placed at the following locations: Lighthouse Grocery, North Tongass Texaco, Service Auto Parts, Newtown Liquor Store, Murray Pacific, Dockside Diner, Steamers,and Tatsuda's IGA.

The car wash fundraising will be held on Saturday by Laidlaw in the Carrs parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. Laidlaw is also accepting donations of household items (kitchen items, furniture, etc.) at their bus terminal Monday - Friday from 6am to 5pm. Laidlaw will store the items for the family until they have another place to live and then they will deliver the items to them.


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