ESCANABA - Friends and family are planning a fund-raiser later this month for the local residents whose homes were destroyed by fire in Escanaba last week.
Three houses on the 300 block of South 14th Street caught fire early Friday, leaving seven people homeless and without any personal belongings. None of the residents were injured.
A fund-raiser dinner is being organized to raise money for the fire victims on Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Elks Club in Escanaba, according to Kim Tryan.
"All seven people are currently staying with family and friends while they begin to look for new homes and rebuild their lives," said Tryan. "All funds raised will be distributed evenly to the seven victims."
An Italian buffet, prepared by local chefs, will be served from 12-4 p.m. Cost is free for those 5 years and younger, $3 for those aged 6-12 years, and $5 for those 13 years and older.
There will be prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle, and a bake sale. Santa Claus will be in attendance and kids activities are also being planned, Tryan added.
Anyone interested in donating food, prizes or gift certificates or volunteering at the fund-raiser, can contact Tryan at 428-4230.
"No offer to help will be turned down," she said.
Clothes and household items for the fire victims can be dropped off at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone, next to the armory, and First Presbyterian Church, 819 1st Ave. S., Escanaba. For more information on these donations, call Tryan.
Any clothing, or other items left over, will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul, Good Will and the Salvation Army.