Cannon Beach hearts and pocketbooks are turning outward as residents seek to assist those displaced from the North Larch Street apartment building destroyed by fire Sunday.
A GoFundMe account and fundraising efforts by the Cannon Beach Community Church are each gathering donations for those who lost their homes and belongings.
“We’re trying to raise as much as we can to help them out,” Emmas Lindsay, owner of Dogs Allowed, said Thursday, after creating an online fundraising appeal. “It’s a very small town, especially in the winter months. We are one big family. Everybody’s got everybody’s back. The three people that were displaced, everybody knows them, they know everybody. They just make what the town’s about.”
Coaster Theatre Executive Director Patrick Lathrop was among those who lost his home.
“I had just left and was shopping in Seaside and got a phone call and came back down,” Lathrop said Wednesday. “I witnessed it. I was very lost — that’s the only thing I can say. I was just so confused, I didn’t know what to do.”
Lathrop said in addition to his own living space, an apartment used by Coaster Theatre for guests artists, rehearsals and meetings was also destroyed in the blaze, which was ruled accidental.
“I’ve only seen good,” church administrator Nancy Giasson said on behalf of Pastor David Robinson and congregants. “It’s just been beautiful the way people want to help.”
Giasson said after the fire “a flood of people, members and friends of the church” came to the church with offers of assistance.
“Extraordinarily loving and caring — this is the way this community is,” Giasson said. “We care about each other. We’re just happy to serve and to be a flow-through for their gifts.”
The church coordinated with other efforts to establish a fire relief fund. Money will be disbursed equally by those displaced by the fire.
Whatever people give goes 100 percent to the victims, Giasson added.
“I’m still a little loss to be honest,” Lathrop said. “I keep going back to compared to what the women above me lost. I don’t have anything to complain about.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/3dmwsfc or contact Emmas Lindsay at Dogs Allowed, 503-440-8740.
To donate to the Cannon Beach Community Church Fire Fund, go to www.beachcommunity.org.