Anonymous $25,000 gift given to Terrace fire fund

LEWISTOWN – The idea of continuing to help the victims of the Juniata Terrace fire has been fully understood by an anonymous donor who recently gave $25,000 to the Juniata Valley Bank Fire account.

Marcie Barber, president and chief executive officer of the Juniata Valley Bank, facilitated the transaction of this gift.

“This donor was moved by the community’s quick response to the immediate needs of the fire victims,” Barber explained. “She was seeking assurance that all donations would reach the victims. Understanding our collaboration with the United Way, it was easy to provide this assurance. The donor is hopeful that the donation will encourage and inspire others to give.”

The Juniata Terrace fire definitely wakened the surrounding community’s desire to help those affected. An abundance of donated clothing food and other goods have overwhelmed the still traumatized, but grateful fire victims. Recovery for the fire victims is deeply personal and different for each one, and likewise the timeline to reach recovery will differ. All those displaced are struggling with current housing needs and in some cases, an unknown future. The single best way to help these individuals deal with their personal needs and to move toward their individual healing is through financial support.

Local corporations contributing to the Juniata Valley Bank Fire Account include Corvette America and Philips Healthcare along with other businesses and organizations.

“This has been traumatizing to the whole borough,” Bill Conway, council chair of Juniata Terrace Borough, said. “Recovery from this disaster won’t be easy for the fire victims but the burden is lightened because of all the support from the community.”

Fire marshal investigators estimate about $ 6 million in damage from the six-alarm fire. Special recognition and thanks to the fire, police, and emergency medical personnel who did an admirable job. The American Red Cross, a United Way partner agency, responded by assisting families, based on their needs with shelter, food, clothing, comfort kits and they continue to follow-up with families.

“The community donated to the JVB fire account with a expectation that these funds would get to the fire victims quickly,” Barber said. “As donations are received, cashier’s checks are cut on a weekly basis. The United way has been instrumental in maintaining the confidentiality of the victims and acting as a contact point for distribution. The hearts of people in Mifflin and Juniata counties are incredible.”

Monetary donations can be made at all branches of JVB.