In July 2011, an resident helped rally the troops and raised that lost its home, garage and two vehicles in a fire.
Ben Miller is ready to do the same for a N. Green Street family affected by Tuesday's fire, which of a row of townhouses and left Center Square in a haze of smoke.
Out of the five townhouses, were able to save four. The family at 40 N. Green St. -- two adults and one child -- lost everything.
"When the Weisenberger family lost their home to fire this past summer, we all banded together as a community and helped them," Miller wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "The people of Nazareth let them know that they were cared about and supported through a great deal of kind donations. As their house has been rebuilt, the family has been taken care of and they had the knowledge that they were part of a special community that looks after each other."
However, Miller noted, Tuesday's fire presents a slightly different situation because the family was renting the home.
"Now, our help is needed again... Two parents and a small child have no house and have lost all their personal belongings in a terrible fire," Miller said.
How Individuals and Business Owners Can Help:
- Please consider donating gift cards for the family at 40 N. Green St. Gift cards will be accepted from places such as , , , Kmart, , any restaurant, etc.
Any gift card -- in any amount -- that would help the family rebuild and purchase the necessities would be appreciated.
- Please consider donating used clothes or toys (in good condition). The little boy turned three in January. He wears a size 4T.
- Visit the "Support Nazareth Fire Victims" Facebook event page for updates. When a donation is received, Miller will update the Facebook page so the community can see the generosity coming in.
Gift Cards, Toys and/or Clothes Can Be Sent To:
Nazareth Fire Victims
c/o Ben Miller
181 Tewksbury Court
Nazareth, PA 18064
Miller is usually home all day, every day. Donations can also be dropped off at his home in Upper Nazareth.
On March 31, Miller will present the family with the donations.
"Like the Weisenberger family, I don't know these people personally and know nothing about them, but I can only imagine the horror of seeing your entire life go up in smoke," Miller said.