Uptown restaurants, bars collect donations for Wachter Building fire victims

Published: Jun. 17, 2017 at 10:23 PM EDT
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In the shadows of the burned out Wachter Building apartments, people from all over Toledo came out to support those impacted by Tuesday's fire.

"We can be supportive and help out and let them know they're not alone and we're here to support them and help them," said Renee Roberts of Toledo.

Multiple restaurants and bars--a part of The Village on Adams--opened their doors Saturday offering food and entertainment for a small donation.

"We're all together in this and we wanted to jump in immediately and start helping as much as we could," said Jesse Heider of The Village on Adams.

Leaders with the Uptown businesses say they're planning to split each and every dollar collected with those affected by the fire.

"At the end of the day we're just going to collect it all, put it into an account and then split it up and then give it to all the tenants," said Heider.

It's welcome news for tenants like Jacob Szypka and his girlfriend who lost everything in the blaze.

"There might be some salvageable stuff, but we're not holding hope out for anything," said Szypka. "Pretty much everything's gone."

It's through the generosity of those in the neighborhood and beyond that Szypka says leaves him wanting to return and rebuild in the Glass City.

"We're going to try to move back down here," said Szypka. "This is our community. And how can you not want to move back down when you have this much support?"

You can still donate to the Village on Adams' GoFundMe by clicking the link in the sidebar of this story.

The group reports it can no longer accept clothes, toiletries, and shoes, however.

Small and large appliances along with furniture will be accepted starting Monday, June 19 at 1501 Adams. You're asked to call (567) 218-0274 to schedule a drop off.