Westy Self Storage, which operates 15 properties in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, is working with the Norwalk Veterinary Hospital to collect donations for local fire victims. A fire this week at the StoneWood Condominium Complex in Norwalk, Conn., left several residents displaced and without personal belongings. The companies are asking for contributions of clothing, including undergarments and jackets, as well as toiletries. Gift cards will also be accepted, according to the source.
The hospital at 726 Connecticut Ave. will serve as the primary drop-off point, with the Westy location at 50 Keeler Ave. also accepting items. All donations will be temporarily housed and organized at the self-storage facility before being distributed to those in need. Westy is also offering two months of complimentary storage to anyone affected by the blaze.
The fire broke out on Monday evening, leaving 54 condos unfit for occupancy. Investigators have determined it was caused by discarded smoking materials, the source reported.
Westy employees distributed free moving boxes to victims at the scene for any items that were salvageable. The company also offered free use of its moving truck.
“Westy jumped right in when they heard we were collecting donations for the fire victims,” said Suzanne Gabriele, fundraising coordinator for the hospital. “They have been beyond helpful in this devastating situation.”
“When we saw the opportunity to assist those in need, we extended our hands to help out,” said Yessenia Martinez, director of the Westy Norwalk location. “It is absolutely heartbreaking to see the magnitude of destruction and how many in our community were affected.”
Founded in 1990 by The Arredondo Family, Westy Self Storage is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. It operates four facilities in Connecticut, four in New Jersey and seven in New York.
- Norwalk Daily Voice: Westy, Veterinary Hospital Step Up to Help Those Displaced by Norwalk Fire