Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the York City nonprofit that got its start four years ago after a fire displaced 61 families from their homes on Chestnut Street, is returning to its roots.

With help from the Red Cross, the group has planned an invitation-only giveaway Saturday, Jan. 19, for victims of a recent rash of fires in York County.

Available to the families will be furniture, appliances, clothes, food and other essential items.

The invited families remain in contact with the Red Cross after receiving immediate help. Most were affected by fires within the past month, said Bob Straw, a Red Cross spokesman.

For example, in Windsor Township, a two-alarm fire destroyed a mobile home and displaced a family of five Dec. 14.

On Dec. 16, a three-alarm fire displaced 21 people - including six children - from four homes in the 500 block of West Princess Street.

A day later, a fire at 2728 Olde Field Drive damaged a family's home in West Manchester Township.

Two homes on West Cottage Place were damaged and several families displaced after a fire in York City on Dec. 21.

Also in York City, a fire damaged a three-story duplex at 836-838 W. Locust St. and displaced 12 people Dec. 28.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors hosts giveaways every few months, but the events are usually open to the public.

The group's founder, Bobby Brunner, collects and stores donations from individuals and businesses all of the time.

To help, contact Brunner at (717) 434-7656.


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