Some of the items donated for victims of a Jan. 27 fire at Dunwoody Glen Apartments by Dunwoody residents and local nonprofit groups.

More than 30 people displaced by a fire Jan. 27 will find comfort in donations from the Dunwoody community, officials say.

Due in part to Dunwoody Councilman Terry Nall’s efforts and social media updates, Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, where Nall is a member, stepped up as a collection site for donations.

“I raised the issue with the church leadership once I heard the fire was underway,” Nall said. “The leadership offered up St Luke’s to serve any way they could.”

Nall said two church members, Maria Barnhart and Jan Slater, were identified to co-chair the efforts. These women also co-chaired the Dunwoody Woman’s Club drive for an AED unit at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody, Nall added.

So many items have been donated that officials need more time to sort through it and determine what more, if anything, is needed.

Donations of clothing, furniture, food and household supplies “poured in,” Nall said, since his first post went out through various social media, including the city’s weekly email.

As of Feb. 3, and with the scheduled furniture pick-ups over the coming weekend, the immediate needs of these Dunwoody families have been met, he said.

“So much has been received that Dunwoody Glen has no more room, and needs time to sort through the donations for distribution before others can be received,” Nall said in a Facebook post. “They’ll let us know next week if anything further is needed, but for now, all is good.”

In addition to the leaders at Saint Luke’s, Sgts Espinoza and Furman of Dunwoody Police Department​; Anthony Delgado and Stephanie Stevens of I Care Atlanta, Taundra Scarlett of Dunwoody Glen Apartments, Bob Mullen and Eric Linton of Dunwoody city staff helped with efforts to pitch in for those affected by the fire, Nall said. He thanked them for their “intense involvement to make this happen.”
“A fire is life-scarring, emotionally and physically, but these neighbors know that they mattered and their community loves them,” Nall said.