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Salvation Army assisting in fire relief

For tenants of the apartment complex at 908 College Avenue, they face a long road to fully recoup what was lost in Sunday’s fire. Pete Mackin from the Salvation Army is helping to lead relief efforts. He says his organization is being helped by other charities for both furniture and clothing needs. For those looking to give for those specific purposes, Mackin suggests direct donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or Love, Inc.

The oldest tenants have already found permanent lodging in the City of Houghton, but the Michigan Tech students who resided at the complex have not been quite as lucky. The residence halls are full and the university has placed them temporarily at a motel it has contracted with to provide quarters for individuals testing positive for COVID-19. When they are moved somewhere more permanent, Mackin thinks one item in particular will be the toughest to replace.

The biggest need though is for financial donations, because nobody has beds…mattresses. None of the groups [other charities] right now, because this time of year. Usually in the spring, people donate.

Mackin says there are links to donate on the Salvation Army’s Hancock chapter Facebook page and website. Checks made out to The Salvation Army can be mailed directly to the office, located at 408 Ravine Street. Fill out the memo line with ‘fire relief.’

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