YWCA overwhelmed by donations

4:21 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Victims of the fires are being urged to visit the YWCA on East Ave in Lewiston as quickly as possible to pick up any items they need.

The outpouring of support from the community in support of the victims has been overwhelming and the goods they've donated have started to take over the YWCA building.

The folks at the YWCA say they're happy to do their part in helping the victims, but they have to go back to doing the things the Y does and right now they can't because they don't have the space.

People have been dropping off everything from clothing, to bedding to toiletries. Several offices and the gymnasium are packed with goods. People are now being asked not to drop off anything else, but rather take it to the Salvation Army.

After helping about 40 families, the number of people coming to the Y to pick up items has slowed. The big reason being, the victims have nowhere to put the stuff once they get it.

Fire victims are now being urged to come get the items now because eventually they will need them. Workers and volunteers at the Y will set aside large boxes and store the goods until people get settled. They say they should be able to store things for a few weeks, but as far as items on display in the gym and offices, they'll be able to do that for just a few more days.

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