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Families displaced by Lansing apartment fire helped by pair of community activists

Families displaced by apartment fire helped by pair of community activists
Posted at 7:50 PM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 19:51:07-04

LANSING, Mich. — An apartment fire in a complex on Georgetown Boulevard in Lansing left several families without a home.

But thanks to a pair of community activists, they are getting some much-needed help.

When Terrance Cooper and Gary Truvillion heard about the fire at The Arbors of Georgetown and the families who were suddenly homeless, they knew they had to do something.

“I was on Facebook one night and I saw one of the families I knew and the next day I went over there right away,” said Truvillion, of People Ready Activating Youth.

So the two men created a Facebook fundraiser with the goal of raising enough money to give each family a $300 gift card.

“Less than 48 hours later, we had the $2500. We shut the fundraiser down and went and got the gift cards, clothes shoes and all types of different things,” said Cooper.

The pair went a step further and asked the community to donate personal products and clothing.

The response was overwhelming.

Cooper says the Lansing community really showed up for these families in need.

“What we’ve learned over the last year or two is that everybody doesn’t have a support system. Everyone doesn’t have someone to call. And so we like to be the people to bridge that gap,” said Cooper.

Right now, the families are being housed in hotels in Lansing. They’ve also been given $500 housing vouchers to help them out.

Both Cooper and Truvillion say anyone who wants to help can reach out to either of them or Miss Dee at the Arbors at Georgetown apartment complex.

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