In the early morning of September 14, a fire broke out that destroyed several buildings in downtown Oxford. The fire displaced up to 90 people. Coordinating efforts with SILO and Neighborhood Services Center, the Chamber collected funds to support these families.
Words cannot begin to express the past few weeks. We have watched our community and surrounding towns provide an outpouring of love. We watched historic buildings burn and tumble as we held those displaced in our outstretched arms.
We immediately provided a credible donation portal for folks to give. The Chamber is absorbing the online credit card transaction fees, so truly every dollar is going to help these families. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our neighbors and residents. As stewards of the community’s generosity, every dollar donated will serve the needs of the displaced families by being donated to Neighborhood Services Center. The County appointed NSC as the lead organization and their case workers are working directly with every family. They will work in tandem with SILO to equitably distribute the funds directly to those impacted.
Our displaced residents have been connected with local and county non profit organizations helping them to rebuild their lives.
Our business community too has been changed with the collapse of 4 downtown structures. Oxford Mainstreet, one of those displaced has led the efforts in supporting their business neighbors (homeless themselves!)
The needs are great!
As we transition from triage to recovery, we too will transition back to focusing on being a Chamber of Commerce. Our donation link has been removed. Please consider donating to the organizations directly working with the families, businesses and non profit.
Thank you to all who have given or are interested in donating. This is an amazing community!
Non profit organization fostering economic growth in the Business Improvement District. OMI’s home was one demolished by the fire.
The Oxford Tshirt store has closed. Check back to see if it will re-open for a “last call” of Oxford Strong apparel.
New Clothing can be dropped off to Neighborhood Services Center (35 North Third Street Oxford, PA)
Thank you to the Jennersville YMCA for collecting used washed clothing. Their collection has ended. Anyone wishing to donated used clothing, we suggest donating to your local second hand store or Goodwill.
Sizes most in need
Adult – Medium and Large pants, jeans, and long sleeve shirts
Boys – ages 6, 7, 11 and 17 year olds
Girls – ages 10 Mos, 6 and 11 year old
FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Furniture and Small Appliances
There has been an overwhelming support of household items donated. Thank you very much!!
A few items in demand include: blenders and vacuum cleaners. New sheets, blankets and towels. (all sizes)
Please call St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church to donate: (610) 932-8134
TOILETRIES AND FOOD
Donations accepted at
Neighborhood Services Center
(35 North Third Street)
Cleaning supplies for residents moving in to new homes are needed.
Gift cards for local grocery stores
Gas gift cards
Can be mailed/ dropped off to Neighborhood Services, SILO or the Chamber.