NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — City leaders Wednesday were asking for the public's help in rebuilding the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission which was destroyed in a fire over the weekend.
Several Los Angeles City Council members, along with mission directors, are hoping residents will help "Rescue the Mission" by donating cash and other items lost.
On the night of May 3, a fire, which started in a nearby pallet yard, spread to the mission and destroyed its emergency shelter, vehicle fleet, clothing warehouse and food pantry. Dozens of homeless families with children were displaced as a result.
"Think about your own home and everything you have in your own home, just on a bigger scale. We've lost all of that. If you walk through the shelter, you would see shoes and stuffed animals and beds, all destroyed. All those things are going to need to be replaced," Shelter director Wade Trimmer said.
The SFV Rescue Mission, 13422 Saticoy Street in North Hollywood, is accepting monetary donations online.
Clothing, food, hygiene items, etc. can be dropped off at The Sun Valley Super Thrift Store, 9007 Lankershim Boulevard, in Sun Valley or at any fire house in the San Fernando Valley.
"The Rescue Mission gives so much to our community by helping families in need get food, shelter and clothing across the Valley," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. "Now, because of this terrible fire, the Mission needs our help."
Additional information will be released at an 8:30 a.m. news conference.
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