Holly Fire Recovery Fundraising Plans – The Oakland Press
Holly Village officials spent much of Thursday in meetings, dealing with the aftermath of a massive downtown fire that destroyed the Battle Alley Arcade Antiques building and severely damaged the historic Holly Hotel, the Andy’s Place restaurant and the Moose Lodge, next to the restaurant.
While many were talking about creating various fundraisers, village leaders were scrambling to pull together a single effort.
Holly Police Chief Jerry Narsh told the Oakland Press on Wednesday that a fundraiser would ensure donations were properly tracked and distributed.
Village officials, including Nick Klempp, director of Holly’s Downtown Development Authority, are working with Main Street Oakland to set up a Patronicity account. The link will be made public as soon as possible, Klempp told The Oakland Press on Thursday evening. He warned people against donating to links that could be posted on social media now, as at least one has been identified as fraudulent and arrested.
Narsh said he understands people are curious and drawn to the area to see the remains of buildings and take photos. But firefighters will still be looking for hot spots through Friday afternoon, he said, and there are tripping hazards, among other hazards in that area. Buildings are still being evaluated for structural stability.
“Remember, this is private property and if they go onto this property, these poor victims already have insurance issues. The last thing they need is for someone to stumble onto their private property and claim be hurt,” Narsh said. “Give us some space. Give us some time.
He said village officials are working to coordinate resources for business owners, residents and tenants.
“If we don’t know, we can’t help. Please contact the Village Manager’s Office, My Office, the Fire Chief’s Office, if you have a need or concern. he said.
Holly-area residents and those affected by the fire who need grocery resources can use the Village’s 24-hour public food pantry in the police department lobby.
Food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products are available, he said, and supplies to replenish “so grab what you need.”
In Thursday’s update to the community, Downtown Development Authority officials posted a message online that read, in part, “This is not the end, this is the start of a new chapter and of a restoration. Please help those most affected by this tragedy and together we will survive.
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