Donations Needed for Displaced

A large tree crashed through the stairwell of Flower Apartments during a severe thunderstorm on August 12.

The city of Gaithersburg has received pledges of $3,070 for the assistance fund set up just a few days ago to help 39 residents who were forced out of their homes on August 12 because of severe storm damage.

“Some faith based organizations have indicated that they will be contributing their collections taken up during weekend services so that total may increase,” said Community and Public Relations Director Britta Monaco. “We have also received many offers of other types of support, including clothing, furniture, children’s toys, food trucks and manpower to assist with moving.”

Most of the Flower Apartments residents have been living in a local hotel since they were forced out of their homes when a large tree crashed into their complex at 511 South Frederick Avenue. City inspectors have condemned the building and said it may not be habitable for months.

“We’ve identified ourselves as a CHARACTER COUNTS! city for the past 14 years,” said City Manager Angel Jones, “And never is that more apparent than when we pull together as a community to overcome adversity. Several groups have already stepped forward to offer their help. I’m encouraged by that, and I look forward to others lending their support during a time of great need.”

Nonprofit organizations, businesses and faith-based organizations are asked for assistance to help offset these expenses through collections and volunteer outreach. Monetary contributions and in-kind donations and services are appreciated.

This effort is being coordinated by Gaithersburg’s Community Services Division. Checks should be made payable to “The City of Gaithersburg” and mailed to: Gaithersburg Assistance Fund, City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. For more information, email