Marina Fire Victims Get Some Financial Help

Victims of last month's fire at McCotter's Marina in Washington got some financial help Friday.

The owners of the 26 boats destroyed received money from an online relief fund to help with the recovery process.

The Salty Southeast Cruisers Net and the Waterway Guide, two boating organizations, distributed about $5,000 to the fire victims. They say people across the United States and as far away as France donated money for the cause through their websites.

The organizations say some people lived on their boats and lost everything in the fire, so they wanted to do something to help out. Fire victims like Helen Bass say they're grateful for the support. "Every little bit helps, absolutely. I mean, you'd be surprised at what this little bit can contribute to, the well being. And we appreciate it very much."

The organizations say they'll continue to collect money for the fire victims on their websites through the end of February.

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  • by AlsoAnonymous Location: PA on Feb 6, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Bear in mind that in at least one case here (probably more than one, I think), the loss WAS of his home - and everything he owned: clothing, food, family photos, medications, etc. The same things everyone has in his home. And he is 80 years old! Perhaps that money can be used for food, clothing and a security deposit on a new place to live. Why would anyone begrudge that?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Crystal you are 100 percent correct. These people have boats, you don't need a boat.
  • by crystal Location: washington on Feb 5, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Iam very sorry about the situation and will keep everyone in my prayers, but it bothers me a little, because you dont hear of people from all over sending $5,000 to help familys who loose everything in fires that happened to their homes, I dont belive this is fair but then again this is just my opinion and not my money that is being donated.

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