By Nancy Kelly
The community is rallying around a Burlington-area family after a house fire on Feb. 3.
Amy Banks and her children, aged 10, 12, 14, 16 and 16 months-old were forced out of their home, known locally as the Old Clem House, located on the Shore Road, heading into Ogilvie’s Wharf, by the late evening fire. They are now staying with family in the area.
Burlington resident Brian Hirtle is helping organize a collection of clothes and household items for the family.
“Orchards away Day Care in Berwick is taking donations as we speak and the Berwick Lions Club is planning to match the $500 donation made to the family by the Burlington Community Club,” reported Hirtle, who has offered the Burlington Community Centre as another drop-off point for donations.
The Red Cross will be visiting the family this evening to conduct an assessment, at which time Hirtle said more will be known about the family's immediate and longer term needs.
For now clothing items needed by the family include infant boys clothes 24 months-2 years, boys size 10-12 shirts and pants, girls jeans size 11 and medium youth shirts; boys size 29/32 leg jeans and men's medium shirts and ladies extra large tops and jeans size 32/32.