After a three-alarm fire tore through their home Friday afternoon, the residents of 11 Morgan Place were left with nothing but their lives.
Hoping to help out their neighbors and fellow parishioners, the Nonantum Neighborhood Association and Our Lady's Church are working to get the fire victims back on their feet.
In a phone conversation with Newton Patch Monday, family friend Anthony Clemente explained that Our Lady's Church is gathering donations for Dominic and Maria Proia, who attend Our Lady's and lived at 11 Morgan Place.
Clemente said the church is collecting clothes for the Proias' daughter, who is in eighth grade at Bigelow Middle School. The church is also collecting Target gift cards for the family as they start to rebuild.
In addition to the help from Our Lady's, the Nonantum Neighborhood Association has set up a Morgan Place Fire Fund for the victims of the fire. According to Lois Dominique of JaLo's Re-NEW, donations can be made at any branch of The Village Bank.
According to Clemente, the Proia family is staying in a hotel right now while looking for a place to live.
At least eight people were displaced after Friday's three-alarm fire. In addition to the Proia family, the two-family home also housed Geralda Anancio, her two sons, husband and roommate.
The only person home at the time of the blaze was the male roommate, according to Anancio, who made it out of the home safe.
Clothing and Target gift card donations can be made at Our Lady's Church office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on specific sizes for clothing donations, contact Our Lady's Church at 617-527-7560.