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April 18, 2014

Local pastor helping fire victims

NEW CASTLE — A local pastor is opening up donation avenues to help two families who lost their homes to fire this week.

Bill Rupert of the Life Changing Ministries church on Ray Street said he is in the process of opening two bank accounts — one called the Norman and Bronte Baxter Fire Fund and the other called the Amanda Tooch Fire Fund.

Both accounts will be located at PNC Bank in Washington Centre, and should be open for contributions beginning Monday, he said.

Rupert also has planned a benefit ziti dinner for 4 to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Sons of Italy hall on South Mill Street to help the families. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from Pizza Man’s Pizza or by calling Rupert at (724) 651-2953.

Rupert said he also plans to take up a collection at his church Sunday to help the Baxters, their two children, Tooch and her son.

Finally, he said he will be placing collection jars at various local businesses to help raise funds to aid the families.

The Baxters and Tooch and her son were burned out of their homes Monday morning when fire ravaged the rental duplex where they lived at 602 and 602 1/2 Taylor St. The fire then spread and destroyed a neighboring house owned by Robert and Debbie DiBello.

Rupert said the Baxters, Tooch and her son all are staying in motels temporarily until they can find other accommodations. They lost all their belongings in the fire.

The American Red Cross stepped in to help all three families by providing lodging and food and clothing vouchers.

Rupert said all proceeds from the ziti dinner will be shared between the Baxter and Tooch fire funds.


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