Last of Cohoes fire donations allocated Thursday

June 14, 2018 07:16 PM

COHOES - 227 was the first building to catch fire after the wind on November 30 blew flames across Remsen Street

Justin Singletary lost everything, "I'm glad no one lost their life in that fire...and I'm thankful to be alive."

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However, Singletary and 42 others from 28 homes, was able to begin piecing his life back together after the massive downtown fire thanks to nearly $120,000 in donations that poured in, in the days, weeks and months following the disaster. Much came from Cohoes residents, but there was also a lot contributed from across the Capital District.

"It shows the community has pride in itself and they see their friends and neighbors in need they try to come together," explained Wilhelmina Murray-Davis of Catholic Charities, the organization charged with distributing the funds.

The average contribution per house was about $4,200. The final $20,000 was allocated Thursday. The agency helped victims to start over with rental assistance, household goods, clothing, food and furniture.

"We walk the walk with the survivors - most who are numb. They are traumatized and there's a lot of hand holding," added Murray-Davis.

Even with the assistance, it hasn't been an easy 6 1/2 months. It is, however, getting easier.

"I don't want to say normal. It's better, definitely getting better. I take it one day at a time," explained Singletary.


Abigail Bleck

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