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$8,000 in donations to Fire Relief Fund to be distributed

January 10, 2014 -

About  $8,000 donated by generous Kingstonians will be distributed to those who lost their homes in Williamsville fire starting Monday.

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington has been collecting financial donations for a Fire Relief Fund to assist those affected by the fire in Kingston on December 17, 2013. Approximately $8,000 has been raised to date. Contributions are still being accepted at RBC branches, the United Way office and at www.unitedwaykfla.ca (click on the "Donate Now" button and enter "City's Fire Relief Fund" in the comment section).

The funds are being distributed through The Salvation Army Kingston Citadel Community and Family Services – by appointment only. 

All those affected by the fire may apply for funding relief until January 31 by filling out forms available at The Salvation Army at 342 Patrick St., on the City of Kingston's website and at the reception desk at 362 Montreal St. 

The first group to receive funds will be the evacuees who lived at 682 or 684 Princess St. whose residences had to be demolished as a result of the fire.  Most of those who are eligible to receive initial funds have already completed the application.  Fund applicants are required to produce verification of their former address.  Anyone belonging to this group of evacuees  but has yet to apply, is encouraged to contact the Salvation Army at 613-548-4411 for more information and to set up an appointment. 

Remaining funds at the end of January will be provided to the Legion Villa to help it meet the personal needs of its tenants while they remain evacuated. 

The City would like to thank the United Way, The Salvation Army and, most importantly, the residents of Kingston for their support and generosity.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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