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Crown Villa fire victims pick up donations

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The families who lost almost everything in an apartment fire Wednesday night started picking up the generous donations that have been pouring in.

"All of her stuffed animals are gone," said Toni Zerby. Her 13-year-old daughter will now have a new teddy bear to replace the one she lost in the fire that burned down the family's Georgetown apartment building and everything inside it.

"Knowing that your house burns down and you have absolutely nothing, everything I own is gone. The clothes, what I'm wearing, came from people in the community," said Zerby.  

The fire destroyed all six units in the building, leaving about six families without homes and other necessities. Overnight, the community stepped up, donating boxes and bags of clothes,  shoes and even kitchen utensils. 

It's been the restaurant right across the street, Rachael's 1190, that has been orchestrating the effort.

"I'm in shock, really, at the amount of donations that we've reached at this point," said Rachael Aldinger. "We're already starting to use our storage unit and taking items there as we sort through it all."

And with Christmas just around the corner, these families who have lost almost everything say they have so much to be grateful for.

"I don't even have words to say or express how I feel," said Zerby. "It's amazing to me to know that we have a community that pulls together when people need help." 

Rachael's says it is so grateful for the donations, and right now they need gift card donations and new packaged undergarments.

Saturday Dec. 14, Rachael's will be holding a yard sale to benefit the families.  

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