Community rallies to help fire victim families

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MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — Two weeks ago, a fire at Shores Jewelry destroyed apartments and businesses. The fire burned for hours leaving some who worked and lived there devastated with nothing.

But, the community keeps showing up for those affected. The Mattoon School District is stepping up.

Leaders knew it would be a hard time for them so they decided to start collecting donations of money and giftcards. Superintendent Lary Lilly says he’s not surprised staff wanted to help.

They put collection boxes in the front offices of all five schools and one in the district office. The idea came from the district’s community service director.

The following quote was on the district’s Facebook page:

There are families who lived above Shores Jewelry who lost everything and they have immediate needs to help get their lives back on track. 

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