Here’s How You Can Help Victims of the 2nd Avenue Explosion [UPDATED]

Posted on: March 28th, 2015 at 12:24 pm by
Photo: FDNY

Photo: FDNY

Thursday’s gas explosion on Second Avenue that resulted in the decimation of three East Village tenements is a tragedy that hits home. Fellow New Yorkers are banding together to assist during this crisis period. With a little help from DNAinfo, here’s how you can help those affected by the disaster. Pass it along, and drop us a line to let us know of any others.

Families of the two victims who lost their lives in the explosion are raising funds. You can donate to busboy Moises Locon’s family here, and Nicholas Figueroa’s family here.

Pommes Frites is fundraising to rebuild their business. Info on how to help can be found here and here.

Tyesha Maddox, a PhD candidate at NYU, lived on the 7th floor directly adjacent to the buildings that collapsed. Most of her belongings were destroyed or could not be salvaged.  Donations can be made here.

Mildred Guy’s family had occupied 45 East Seventh Street for five decades until last week. That’s four generations. They’re currently seeking help in rebuilding their lives. You can donate funds here.

Diane McLean, a single mom with three kids, lived at 119 Second Avenue and lost everything. You can donate funds here.

Enz’s Rockabilly store is still standing, but in terrible shape. It’s located at 125 2nd Avenue and sustained heavy damage. Head here to donate funds to help rebuild.

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up to help residents who lost their possessions in the fire. To help Nora and Matt Brooks, click here. For McKenzie, here.

Trash & Vaudeville (located a block away at 4 Saint Marks Place) is offering a FREE pair of Tripp NYC jeans to residents displaced by the disaster. Proof of address at 119-125 2nd Avenue is required.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is accepting donations to support those impacted, here.

LES Ready, the Lower East Side nonprofit that specializes in neighborhood disaster preparedness and recovery, is looking for volunteers to assist with long-term recover efforts for victims and their families. To help out, fill out a form on LES Ready’s website or email lilah@goles.org

The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations through its website, here.

Church of the Nativity, 44 2nd Ave., will be collecting clothes and funds on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The donations will be given to the Red Cross, according to a parishioner. They will also be accepting pillows and blankets for people who were displaced by the explosion and are currently staying in shelters.

The Middle Collegate Church, at 112 2nd Ave., will be accepting monetary donations at the church’s 11:15 a.m. worship, senior minister Jacqui Lewis said. The house of worship is currently acting as a base for the disaster’s first responders. Next week, they expect to have more information on how locals can volunteer and donate to help the victims. For details, check its website in the coming days.

A reception center has been set up at Tompkins Square Library with the Office of Emergency Management, but they are not accepting donations.  A previous location of the center at P.S. 63 is now closed.

The Standard announced they would lodge anyone displaced by the fire for free.

Furniture store AptDeco said they would donate furniture to one family who lost their home in the blast.

There are a few Real estate agencies that are helping; Miron Properties offered to find families apartments free of charge.

If you have been displaced by the East Village fire at 119-125 2nd Avenue, Miron Properties will help you find a new…

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Displaced victims with pets could lodge their animals for free for three days at Happy Dogs NYC.

The salon Hair Queen on 137 Allen Street is offering free shampoos for victims of the explosion.

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