(07/25/2007)
Ilene Cox's residence on River Street was destroyed by what the Fire Marshal's office is indicating is arson, according to Rose Knight, wife of mayor Gary Knight.

The victims have been staying with a helping hand from the Best Western Motel Glenville motel, but that is a temporary situation.

Everything she and her friend had was lost in the fire.

They have an apartment to stay in beside the house that burned, but it contains only a stove and refrigerator. A neighbor has donated a full size bed.

"Right now they need the community's help," said Knight.

If you can provide any of the following:

Necessities the family could use immediately include: full size sheets and mattress pad, towels and washcloths, blankets, pillows (still in package), shower curtain, combs & hairbrush (still in package), blow dryer, alarm clock, table lamps, coffee pot, glasses, coffee cups, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, serving bowls, and a set of dishes.

Toiletries needed include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, Q-tips, lotion, aspirin or Tylenol.

Cleaning supplies that are needed include mop, mop bucket, broom, paper towels, toilet brush, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, bleach, cleaning cloths, dish liquid, liquid cleaner to mop with, and laundry detergent, fabric softener, kitchen trash can, trash bags.

First Baptist Church and CRI donated food to the family, which was greatly appreciated, but they could use anything else one might want to give.

Mayor Knight has offered the city office as a drop off point for anyone who would like to help the victims.

Further update on clothing sizes will be forthcoming.

If you have any question about donating or have things that need picked up, please call Gary and Rose Knight at 354-6497 or the city office at 354-7500.


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