Hampton Oaks Apartments is collecting donations to help support 13 families that were left homeless following a blaze on Thursday.
Needed items include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, furniture, gas cards, grocery cards, blankets and jackets ranging from newborn to adult sizes.
Donations can be dropped off at the complex’s front office at 6600 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.
A fund has also been established to collect monetary donations online. Carrie Duncan, the fund’s organizer, is the sister of the complex’s property manager.
Duncan said that her sister was distraught following Thursday’s fire. Duncan said she heard of the ordeal faced by the victims and felt inclined to do what she could to help.
“Our hearts just went out to the residents. It’s a horrible situation to have to go through something like this to happen right before the holidays,” Duncan said.
A fund created by Duncan through youcaring.com had raised more than $400 by Friday afternoon. Duncan said she hopes to raise $10,000 by the end of the year. All of the funds will be divided between the 13 displaced families, she said.
The Charleston Apartment Association has also urged local complexes to inform Hampton Oaks of any apartment vacancies.
About 10 two-bedroom apartments are need in the $700 to $800 range, according to an email released by the association.
Those with vacancies are asked to contact Hampton Oaks at 572-2227.