Arkansas organizations unite for turkey giveaway honoring victims of tragic apartment fire


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Little Rock, Arkansas – In a heartfelt response to a tragedy that deeply affected their community, two Arkansas organizations, Shorter College and Safe Foods Chemical Innovations, have joined forces to distribute 150 free turkeys to residents impacted by last year’s devastating apartment fire. This generous gesture is set to take place outside the Henry A. Berkin Health Complex at Shorter College from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 13.

This collaboration was sparked by the tragic event at Shorter College Gardens apartments in October, which tragically claimed the lives of three people and left several without homes. “It’s more than just a turkey; it’s a symbol of community strength and support,” stated Tim Stiller, president of SFCI. He reflected on the profound impact of last year’s event, emphasizing the community’s unity in the face of adversity and the organizations’ commitment to offer support once again.

The initiative, which saw success last year, has inspired these organizations to continue their philanthropic efforts. They emphasize that the turkey donations are available to all who are in need, extending beyond the college’s residents.

The fire, which occurred in the early hours, resulted in the tragic loss of 71-year-old Allewese Childs, 64-year-old Wanda Freeman, and 63-year-old Kenneth Jackson, as confirmed by North Little Rock police.

In the aftermath of the fire, a lawyer representing the victims’ families highlighted ongoing concerns about the property, including reports of a gas smell that were allegedly ignored by the property manager and maintenance staff. This led to a class-action lawsuit filed in September against the property owner.

The lawsuit, led by The Cochran Firm on behalf of the tenants, accuses The Millenia Companies of negligence and a disregard for tenant safety. The plaintiffs allege that despite repeated complaints about gas odors, pests, and malfunctioning heating and cooling systems, the company failed to respond adequately, culminating in the catastrophic explosion and loss of lives.


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