NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Donations are being accepted for a single mom, Brittnie Slepski, and her two daughters, who lost everything in a fire early Sunday morning in New Middletown.
Slepski’s condition is improving, and her daughters were at their father’s for the weekend when the fire started.
The fire was right on Main Street in New Middletown at around 3 a.m.
Slepski was the only one inside at the time. She was able to escape, but was badly burned. She’s being treated at the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center.
Everyone has seen the damage, and now everyone wants to help.
“She’s able to see today. She has some damage to the membrane of her eyes, but her spirits are getting better,” said Allison Cramer who was collecting donations for the family.
Slepski’s children were not home and are OK.
Cramer and Billy Tomalka are friends with Slepski. Their children all play together. Together, the two are collecting donations to help the family rebuild.
Tomalka had picked up donations Monday morning in Columbiana, Canfield and even Lisbon.
“It shows me a different side of the world, to be honest, because I never expected this much support, and it’s really blown my mind on how much,” Tomalka said.
Ron Seidner had worked as a volunteer firefighter. He was amazed anyone got out of the house.
He had a fire once in his life and knows how difficult it can be to recover.
“I don’t know the people, but it doesn’t matter. We just want to do what we can,” said Seidner.
New Middletown is rallying around Slepski, plus the children, ages 7 and 14.
The girls had just gotten new bikes, which were ruined. They’ll need new wardrobes and even school supplies.
“This community — this is the type of thing we do when our people need something, and she’s just a wonderful person. She would do it for us,” Cramer said.
Cramer and Tomalka are running a collection point under a blue awning on Sandy Ct., and there’s another at the New Middletown police department.
You can pick either place to donate.
“We’re all trying to get together and try to make this one big thing for her,” Tomalka said. “So, when she comes out of the hospital, that she has something to come back to — her and her family.”
Items, including clothing, shoes, nonperishable food and school supplies, can be dropped off at the New Middletown Police Department at 10711 Main St.
They’re in need of the following items:
- Women’s tops, size medium
- Women’s bottoms, size 9-11
- Women’s shoes, size 8 and 8.5
- Softball supplies for 7-year-old girl
- Girl’s size 8 tops
- Girl’s size 10 bottoms
- Girl’s shoes, size 4.5 to 5
- Girl’s juniors tops, size small
- Girl’s juniors bottoms, size small
- School supplies
If you have any questions, you can call the New Middletown Police Department at 330-542-2846.