Activists help families displaced by an apartment fire in Lansing

LANSING, Michigan – An apartment fire in a complex on Georgetown Boulevard in Lansing left several families homeless.

But thanks to two community activists, they are getting much-needed help.

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

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

So the two men started 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 $ 2,500. We closed the fundraiser and got the gift cards, dress shoes and all sorts of other things, ”said Cooper.

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

The response was overwhelming.

Cooper says the Lansing Church really came up for these families in need.

“What we’ve learned in the last year or two is that not everyone has a support system. Everyone has no one to call. And that’s why we want to be the people who fill that void, ”said Cooper.

The families in Lansing are currently staying in hotels. They also received $ 500 home vouchers to help them out.

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

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