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Neighbors collect donations for recent fire that ripped through townhouses in Olney

Neighbors near and far donated their time and belongings to five families who lost nearly everything in a fire that tore through townhomes in Olney last week. (ABC7)

For a group of volunteers in Olney, Maryland, it’s all about lending a helping hand.

“Maybe some slippers and socks, does he need?” Donna Robinson, an Olney resident, asked over the phone to a family that was recently displaced.

Neighbors near and far donated their time and belongings to five families who lost nearly everything in a fire that tore through townhomes in Olney last week.

“Our second floor fell and part of it fell on top of that nursing kit that we had,” said Sharif Aly, whose family is now staying with friends.

Aly says his then-pregnant wife and two kids were able to make it out safely. The baby gear that they had been accumulating — infant clothes, a crib, a car seat, and breast pump, were all destroyed.

“The one sad thing is she spent a lot of time collecting personal things for the baby girl and, unfortunately, a lot of it is not usable anymore,” Aly said of the belongings that his wife had collected.

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Aly and his wife welcomed a healthy baby girl, Maryam, on Thursday, just six days after the fire.

“The time is really interesting, obviously,” he said, smiling. “My wife is a champ. She’s handled everything so well.”

“That’s all baby items,” Robinson said, pointing to a corner of a room that was packed full of donations Friday.

Robinson and others spent Friday morning organizing, folding and bagging piles of donations.

“It’s one of those things that you don’t realize how blessed you are to be in a community that cares,” Aly said of the support of his neighbors.

On Friday, Aly collected a couple of bags of donations, including a breast pump for his wife.

“It’s just heartbreaking for me because it’s been another unfortunate event that we’ve had to handle. At the same time, there is so much good out of it,” Robinson said.

Robinson says the group is still collecting donations for the families at the Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center located in Sandy Spring.

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