The Oakdale family whose townhome burned in an April 9 fire is getting a little help from the community.
A fifth-grader who lived at the townhome attends Woodbury Dance Center, which is collecting gift cards for the family.
The dance studio is looking for gift cards for grocery stores, Target, restaurants, etc., according to Mary Swenson, an instructor at Woodbury Dance Center.
People can drop them off at the front desk of Woodbury Dance Center until April 23.
“Just trying to help the family out a bit,” Swenson said. “Sounds like they lost everything, but the family is safe and doing well.”
The Oakdale Fire Department got the call about the fire at the 1100 block of Hillvale Avenue North a little after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.
The end townhome unit collapsed and was “completely destroyed,” Kevin Wold, deputy fire chief, told Patch. No one was injured.
All seven units were evacuated that night and were still without heat and electricity the next day. The Red Cross was working with the residents there, Wold said.
The Woodbury Dance Center is located at 380 Rivertown Drive, in Woodbury.