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Families Get Help After Georgetown Apartment Fire

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The season for giving is here and our community is taking that to heart. Donations are pouring in for six families who were left with nothing after a fire ripped through their apartment complex.  The fire broke out Wednesday night at the Crown Villa apartments on King George Boulevard. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.

"It's definitely a surreal feeling and experience to watch those things go away, knowing there's nothing you can do about it. It's just gone," said Doug McGarity.

Doug McGarity was only able to save a few items but thanks to a firefighter some irreplaceable pictures were saved.

"He saw some pictures that [my wife] had taken, mounted on the wall of our grandchildren, and thought you know somebody is going to want this and got it out and brought it to us," said McGarity.

While some personal keepsakes will be lost forever, the community is chipping in some necessities. A local restaurant, Rachael's 1190, is spearheading the effort to collect donations for these victims.

"It's been absolutely amazing. We've been inundated with all kinds of donations, clothing, bedding, toys, microwaves, televisions. It has been really incredible," said Rachael Aldinger.

One of the donators says his heart went out to the families when he heard about the fire. 

"People lose their possessions and we have so much as a society anytime we can give back we should take the opportunity to do so," said Timothy Hall.

McGarity said through this hardship he is reminded about what he shared with his family on Thanksgiving.

"I was grateful for our faith, family that you are all here, I'm thankful for a home. That particular structure is gone but the faith and family is intact and there will be another home," said McGarity.

Rachael's 1190 is looking for more donations of pre-packaged undergarments, sheets, and towels for families. The owner also needs volunteers badly to help sort items and help with the upcoming yard sale.

Next Saturday, December 14, the restaurant will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The items on sale are the donations the families can't use.  The money raised will go back to helping the families. If you would like to help or learn more click here: http://rachaels1190.com/

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