On Tuesday April 19, a fire destroyed a block on Irvington Rd. in Kilmarnock. Apartments and businesses burned. The community quickly snapped to action to support those affected by the losses.
The Town of Kilmarnock issued a statement thanking the community “for the incredible outpouring of love and support.
“To everyone who has reached out with offers of help, we can’t thank you enough,” Mayor Umphlett said in a statement.
“To our Kilmarnock families, we are here for you and are working with community partners to facilitate the overwhelming support from the community,” she added.
Kilmarnock Fire Relief
The town’s statement included three ways to give to the Kilmarnock Fire Relief, which will be used to provide housing assistance and basic living needs.
Financial donations can be made directly to River Counties Community Foundation with “Kilmarnock Fire Relief” in the memo line.
The address is:
River Counties Community Foundation
PO BOX 54
White Stone, VA 22578
Lancaster County Department of Social Services is also accepting donated gift cards. The department asks that anyone who gives a gift card please list the amount on the card.
People can also purchase a #kilmarnockstrong t-shirt from Horn’s Ace Hardware on School Street. All of the proceeds from the shirts will go to the victims of the Kilmarnock fire, the town noted.
On April 22, Kilmarnock announced the launch of “Kilmarnock Rebuild,” a partnership between the town and Blue Ridge Bank that’s designed to support the businesses displaced by the fire.
“Kilmarnock Rebuild” will be a pool of funds to be shared equally by the damaged businesses to assist them with restarting and moving forward, the town’s statement said.
Anyone interested in helping this way, can make checks or money orders payable to “Kilmarnock Rebuild and drop them off at one of the Blue Ridge Bank branches in Kilmarnock, White Stone, Callao, Montross, Warsaw or Hartfield.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Blue Ridge Bank
PO Box 1869
Kilmarnock VA 22482
Attn: William Smith, Kilmarnock Rebuild
Kilmarnock Strong Community Night
The local ballpark, Dream Fields, announced on Facebook that it’s hosting the Kilmarnock Strong Community Night on Wednesday, April 27th to benefit the victims of the fire.
LHS teams will face Rappahannock and Little League players will meet teams within District 15. “Passing the hat” will occur during all five games and Dream Fields said it will donate the contributions, along with a portion of concession stand earnings to the River Counties Fund for fire victims.
Blue Ridge Bank will be volunteering in the concession stand and manning a table for monetary donations and #kilmarnockstrong t-shirt sales.
“This cause is near and dear to our hearts as one of our Dream Fields family members, and LHS Varsity Softball coach, Bruce Northern lost his home in the fire. We are committed to helping our community and supporting Bruce and all of the other fire victims!” the ballpark’s Facebook post said.
Games start at 6 p.m.
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