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 will be collecting funds to support these families. The families are currently being housed in a hotel or staying with family.
Words cannot begin to express the past week. 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 providing support for affected businesses.
Fundraising Tshirt to benefit displaced residents and businesses.
New Clothing can be dropped off to Neighborhood Services Center (35 North Third Street Oxford, PA)
Washed gently used clothing can be dropped off by 9/30 to the Jennerville YMCA Outdoor Pool House (880 W. Baltimore Pike) during the following hours for sorting and distribution to the families as they move into permanent housing.
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 12 PM and 5 PM to 7 PM
Saturday from 9 AM – 12 PM
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
In order to most effectively use our resources, we ask that any clothing that is not washed and ready to wear, be donated to Goodwill Store & Donation Center or to another charity that can best handle that clothing. The YMCA will be accepting donations through September 30th
FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Furniture and Small Appliances
Drop off to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford, PA 19363
Hours for drop off will be Wednesdays from 3-7, Saturdays from 1-6, Sundays from 11:30-2.
TOILETRIES AND FOOD
Donations accepted at
Neighborhood Services Center
(35 North Third Street)
Gift cards for local grocery stores
Gas gift cards
Can be mailed/ dropped off to Neighborhood Services, SILO or the Chamber.