Fire victims: Lots of help coming in, more help needed

Published 11:08 am Sunday, February 26, 2023

The displaced residents of a fire that destroyed much of the Brookwood Apartment Complex have seen the community step up quickly to help them in their need.

City officials, pastors, the Brookhaven Housing Authority and the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Emergency Management office have received dozens of calls from people and groups who want to help.

Volunteers from Consistency Beyond Limitations, a Brookhaven volunteer group, unloaded more than a pallet load of bottled water at the Brookhaven Building Sunday morning.

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CBL volunteer Michael Jenkins told Emergency Management Director Chris Reid the water had been left over from a delivery Saturday — it wouldn’t fit in the intended recipient’s storage area.

“It was already loaded up and ready for us to bring here,” Jenkins said.

“That’s God,” someone else said.

Jenkins and Reid nodded and said in unison, “That’s right.”

Arlene Carter, assistant director of Brookhaven Housing Authority, talked with each individual resident, asking their immediate needs, getting family contacts, lists of medications, and any other information that could be helpful.

Alderman Shannon Moore and his wife Valerie had opened up the shelter at 1 a.m. and provided breakfast. Johnnie and Stephanie Turner were bringing lunch from Doll’s House mission home.

Pastor Phillip Hamilton of Wade Missionary Baptist Church talked with residents and Carter about meeting needs. A man prayed with a woman off to the side. Owners of a yard sale store promised delivery of clothes, and volunteers coordinating First Baptist Church’s annual yard sale promised the same.

Many other individuals visited with the residents, offering comfort and assistance as needed.

Reid and Mayor Joe Cox discussed the continued coordination of donations for the fire victims. Clothing items may be dropped off at any Brookhaven Fire Department station, but no cash donations will be accepted, Cox said.

Gender was not specified for clothing needs. The Daily Leader will provide updates and the City will update its Facebook page as new information becomes available.

Needed sizes requested are as follows:

Shirts — sizes medium, L, XL, 2X, 3X

Pants — sizes 16, 30, 30×18, 34, 36×30, 38×30

Skirts — XL

Dresses — 2X

Underwear — XL

Bras — sizes 36DDD, 44DD

Socks — sizes 9, 10.5, 12

Shoes — sizes 5.5-6, 6.6-7, 9Y2 wide, 9.5-10, 10.5, 11, 12W