Help Tenants

The work we do as a community will make a real difference in the lives of these thirteen households who have lost everything. They need your help.

Ways to Help

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Housing

The process of connecting folks to services is complex, and we need resources, direct outreach and housing options.

If you know of/have an apartment to offer, please reach out.

Donations

We have closed our original gofundme so that we can distribute the incredible $46,000+ to the tenants. Please continue to contribute to Byron's recovery:

Many tenants need immediate donations, and will need more as they move into permanent homes. Please see our list below and see what you can contribute.

Advocacy

We need to speak up on behalf of these individuals and families who were failed by those responsible for keeping their homes safe.

 
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PETS LOST IN THE FIRE

Several tenants lost beloved pets in the fire on Jan. 15.

 

Three cats are badly missed and may still be in the area. Please look for these pets!

HELP FIND LUNA
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Luna is a male cat with a sweet personality. He belongs to Byron who has suffered so much loss.

Please email us immediately if you see Luna in the Christie Pits area.

Donation List

This list is always being updated, as tenants are still processing this event and their losses.

NOTE: We have received many generous donation offers, many for items that will be needed but are not needed yet, others for items on the more urgent list below. We are working as fast as we can to respond to donation offers, please be patient with us!

If you can provide any of the items below, please email us.

Last updated: February 22, 2022

01

Twin or full bed, mattresses and bedding

As individuals find housing we are badly in need of beds and mattresses in impeccable quality. One individual has found a home but is very concerned that he will not have a bed to sleep on when he moves in.

STILL NEEDED

02

Small dining tables and chairs

Tenants who are finding housing need small tables and chairs (should accommodate 2-4 people) for their dining areas and to begin to restore their lives.

STILL NEEDED

03

Small side tables

We need small side tables for living, bathroom and bedroom spaces. With storage preferred, this will help a lot. 

STILL NEEDED

04

Kitchen appliances

Tenants need kitchen and household appliances to restore their lives and exist independently and comfortably. This includes: toasters, kettles, blenders, coffee makers and other kitchen items. For other rooms, this includes hair dryers, irons and radios.

STILL NEEDED

05

Gaming system

Byron, the tenant most seriously injured in the fire at 828 Shaw Street, is an avid desktop/PC gamer. While he has not asked for these items, we know that he would find pleasure in resuming this activity and will need great gear to do so comfortably with his injuries. If this community is able to do so, we would like to offer him a gaming system that would include:

  • gaming chair

  • high performance PC

  • peripherals 

  • ergonomic mouse and keyboard as comfort will be particularly challenging for him

We are not expert gamers and the community will likely know more about what would be right for him than we do. Please share your expertise!

STILL NEEDED

06

Kitchen appliances

Tenants need kitchen and household appliances to restore their lives and exist independently and comfortably. This includes: toasters, kettles, blenders, coffee makers and other kitchen items. For other rooms, this includes hair dryers, irons and radios.

STILL NEEDED

07

Men's XL Winter Jacket

We need an extra-large winter jacket in excellent condition for an injured tenant.

STILL NEEDED

08

Men's Winter Boots - STEP IN ONLY 

We need men's winter boots SIZE 10 1/2 (black preferred) that are step-in style, and do not need to be laced/unlaced. This tenant is seriously injured and cannot bend down to lace or pull on these boots. 

STILL NEEDED

09

Women's Winter Boots - Multiple Sizes

We are looking for winter boots in sizes: 

  • Women's size 6

  • Women's size 7 - any style

  • Women's size 10

DONATIONS PENDING

10

Women's Boots Sized 7 - Specific Styles Preferred

Teenage siblings living in the building have requested women's winter boots in size 7, and would appreciate finding ones that fit their style:

  • White or soft pink - furry if possible

  • Black - furry if possible

  • Slip on

STILL NEEDED

11

Cat Tree in EXCELLENT condition

A tenant who was able to leave with their cat is concerned about their cat's comfort as they move hotel to hotel, and would like to give their cat a cat tree in excellent condition. We are open to donations of new items from pet stores to ensure we deliver a hygenic and high quality item to this family.

DONATION PENDING

12

Women's Robe and Slippers

We are looking for a women's robe in size XXL and slippers women's sized 9. Must be in nearly new or new condition and clean, thank you.

DONATION PENDING

13

Large Waterproof Storage Bins x 13

We are helping to coordinate donations for 13 households, who need clean, dry, properly sized items that can be moved easily. We are storing items in a garage and want to ensure they are free from pests and weather damage. If you have large plastic sealable storage bins we would greatly appreciate them.

DONATION PENDING

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Acoustic Guitar

One tenant is devastated to have lost their musical instrument. While this may not seem as urgent or essential, this was a needed support for this older individual who is isolated and managing mental illness. We hope the community can find one to offer needed comfort and hope.

DONATION PENDING

15

Prescription Eyewear x2

Two people had to leave without needed eyeglasses, including a teenage girl who has been unable to read since the fire.

DONATION PENDING

16

Denture Replacement

One of the residents, woken by firefighters, was not able to get her teeth before leaving. She has since retrieved them but they are badly damaged.

DONATION PENDING

17

Personal Protection

Protective masks, rapid tests and other gear will help ensure COVID safety for the 16 adults and one child displaced to temporary housing.

DONATION PENDING

18

Laptops and tablets - RECEIVED!

Two laptops are priority - one for a tenant who works online and has been out of work since the fire, and the other for a teenage student who needs it to work and study.

DONATIONS RECEIVED - THANK YOU!

19

Smartphones x 15 - RECEIVED!

Most tenants had to leave without smartphones. We need fifteen phones to replace what's been lost and give critical connectivity back to these people.

DONATIONS RECEIVED - THANK YOU!

20

Socks - RECEIVED!

All new, in-package socks in adult sizes, men and women are needed. 

DONATIONS RECEIVED - THANK YOU!

21

Basic Essentials - RECEIVED!

New, in package underwear and socks are needed for these families who left with only the belongings on their backs. We need:

- Men sizes S, M, L, XL, XL, 2XL, 3XL

- Women size S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

- Boys size M

DONATIONS RECEIVED - THANK YOU!

22

Games and Puzzles - RECEIVED!

Individuals and families who have lost their homes and ability to work are isolated and looking for cards, adult colouring books, board games and puzzles. Excellent condition only.

DONATIONS RECEIVED - THANK YOU!

 

Volunteer to Help

The effort to help after the fire at 828 Shaw has grown, and we need more people to help. We have been working with a group of volunteers but still need more assistance. 

If you are able to serve in any of these roles, please email us.

Last updated: February 22, 2022

01

Donation Coordination

We have had so many offers of goods, and drives in the community have generated porches and living rooms of items. We need a larger team to coordinate donations and communicate with donors.

STILL NEEDED

03

Driving and Transportation

We need people who are able to transport items and who have large vehicles (vans and trucks) to help over the next few weeks as furniture and housing becomes more important.

SUPPORT PENDING

02

Research Support

We need support in identifying services and investigating options and solving problems for tenants. Please reach out if you have time and skills to offer in this area.

STILL NEEDED