AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A donation drive has been set up for people who lost everything when a plane crashed into their apartment building on Mogadore Road in Akron Tuesday.
The fire consumed much of the four-family apartment building and those on each side, and displaced up to 12 families. No one was home at the time of the crash, according to the Akron Fire Department.
Organizers are asking for donations of socks, baby wipes, toiletries and any household products. Because they lost everything, even items as simple as a toothbrush would be appreciated. They are also still working to contact the people affected and to find out exactly what items are needed.
It's believed that at least one of the residents has a dog or a cat.
The main drop off point for donations has been provided by the Pizza Pan restaurant at 594 Canton Road in Akron.
"These people have gone through total devastation. I couldn't imagine," Keri Stevens, Pizza Pan owner, said.
A 10-passenger jet headed to the Akron Fulton Airport crashed into power lines before hitting the apartment complex. All nine people on board the plane were killed.
The Summit County Red Cross is helping a total of 15 adults by the plane crash. All but one person needed lodging.
The four-unit apartment building was struck by the plane and two other four-unit buildings were damaged.
Red Cross has also set up a canteen for incident responders and a family assistance center at the crash site. You can contact the assistance center at 330-535-6131.