AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The outpouring has been unbelievable for a donation drive set up for people who lost everything when a plane crashed into their apartment building on Mogadore Road in Akron on Tuesday.
The fire consumed much of the four-family apartment building and those on each side, and displaced up to 12 families. Luckily, no one was home at the time of the crash, according to the Akron Fire Department.
The donations began pouring in the night of the crash and they still keep coming. Pizza Pan in the Ellet neighborhood of Akron is one of the drop-off sites for those impacted. The basement is stacked full of donations.
"We have toiletries, shampoos, conditioners, toilet paper, I mean, we have people bringing in Christmas trees because the holidays are coming," said owner Keri Stevens.
Pizza Pan workers run between filling pizza orders and helping sort the collection. Erica Welch is one of them and says she's happy to do it.
"This is the way people are helping. This is how they are coping with what happened is by an outpouring of the help and donations," said Welch.
Even many of those giving tear up, feeling good that they can at least do something. Strangers end up hugging strangers as they work together.
Michelle Yerkey and her fiancé brought a couple bags of clothing out of their van. She says she wishes she could do more.
"Now they have nothing. I drive by those apartments everyday and know people live there and know they have nothing now," said Yerkey.
Larry and Sandra stopped by and dropped off a monetary donation.
"It's a good feeling because we just lost our stuff to a flood. We know how it feels," Larry said.
"We didn't lose everything in our home, but we know what it's like to lose a big part of your life," Sandra said.
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 find out exactly what items are needed.
The main drop-off point for donations has been provided by the Pizza Pan restaurant at 594 Canton Road in Akron. A local storage facility is offering space for free for Pizza Pan to store and sort the donations for a couple of months.
They also set up an account for those who prefer to give money at US Bank titled "Displaced Families of the Akron Plane Crash."