Goshen families displaced after four-alarm fire
How the local community can help: Give money, clothes, and other necessities


Goshen, NY Jan 13 2018. Firefighters repsond to the fire.

BY ERIKA NORTON
GOSHEN — A four-alarm fire in the Village of Goshen on Saturday afternoon displaced several families after the building was condemned, and the community is stepping in to help.
The fire happened in the building at 10 New Street, across from Orange County Bagel on Greenwich Avenue, at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 13. The massive blaze left the nearly 100-year-old, three-story building condemned and several families without a home.
To help the families affected by the fire, several locations have been set up to drop off monetary donations, as well as clothes and other items such as blankets and toiletries.
$5 ChallengeTwo and a half years ago, the pastor at the Goshen United Methodist Church started a $5 Generosity Challenge, giving each congregant $5 to spend that week in a kind and creative way on someone else. This year’s challenge wasn’t supposed to start until later in the year, but because the families affected by the fire need help now, Susan Armistead, who is helping to organize the campaign, said they decided to start the challenge again last Sunday.
“Every penny will be distributed to the families,” Armistead said.
There are several collection jars placed throughout the village:
Baxter's Pharmacy, 62 West Main Street
Orange County Bagel, 151 Greenwich Ave
Goshen Plaza Liquors, 92 Clowes Ave
Folks can also drop off donations at Susan Armistead’s house at 137 Murray Avenue and Frank Zelner at 41 Prospect Avenue. Orange County Bagel is also accepting clothing and other items for the families.
And while the challenge is called a $5 challenge, Armistead encourages everyone to give more if they can to help the families find new apartments. She also said they are still in the process of trying to find out where everyone displaced by the fire is staying, since they have only been able to get in touch with everyone affected.
El Rancho Itzamar Hernandez works at El Rancho restaurant at 3 New Street. She said she's been in contact with one family, but is also still trying to contact the other residents displaced by the fire.
In the meantime, she is accepting donations of clothes and other items at El Rancho.
These are the sizes of clothes the one family needs:
Girl, kids size 7
Girl, kids size 14
Adult female, size 8 or L
Adult male, size 34 or M
Adult male, size 32 or M
She is also accepting blankets, shoes, kitchenware, and furniture, along with towels, shampoo, soap, and other necessities. She said she will be at the restaurant from 3:30 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, next week.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.