A Giving Community: Coming Together To Help Black Bear Creek Flood Victims (PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- It started as flood victims not knowing where to turn and turning to Facebook and now it's a full-scale donation program to help those displaced due to flooding.

Donation Drop-Off and Item Pick-Up For Displaced Black Bear Creek Residents:
WHEN: Any day 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
WHERE: 3052 E. State Blvd., The Framework Community Center behind Liberty Tax and Fast Print
WHAT: Just about anything including children's clothing (all sizes), diapers, formula, non-perishable foods and even furniture

A Facebook group was created to give Black Bear Creek flooding victims a place to gather together and now has over 65 members, some of which are residents and others that just want to help.

After hearing about the devastation, and being a member of the community himself, Donny Manco reached out to the group's creator and offered a space for donations to be accumulated and for victims from Black Bear Creek to come and get items they need.

Donations are currently being accepted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday at the Framework Community Center behind Fast Print and Liberty Tax at 3052 E. State. They are looking for just about anything but have suggested items children may need as a priority. As of Friday organizers say they have plenty of clothing items are are now looking for other items such as non-perishable foods, small appliances and even furniture.

Donny says that after the approximately 62+ families were displaced, many went multiple directions. With some probably staying in shelters without access to the internet, Donny is asking the public's assistance in spreading the word and helping them reach all the Black Bear Creek victims.

Families and residents displaced from Black Bear Creek can visit the Framework Community Center anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to pick up goods. They ask that you bring an ID with your Black Bear Creek address on it or some other proof of residency if available.

According to the Facebook group, people have already donated dressers, loveseats and even are offering to provide trailer services to get goods to the center or to those in need. Anyone wishing to volunteer in this effort can contact Angel Ward or Adam Ritchhart on the Facebook page.

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