(01/15/14) - The cold temperatures helped make a mess at Do-All Incorporated.
The non-profit organization in Bay County's Hampton Township is drying out after a water pipe burst and damaged a lot of important items.
Items that include furniture, mattresses, and hundreds of boxes of diapers. All of that would have gone to families in need.
The pipe burst over the weekend at the Do-All Incorporated warehouse, located inside the old Hampton Theater Building.
Estimates suggest the water reached four feet high in some parts of the building. After it receded, hundreds of wasted diapers and lots of wet furniture was left behind. It's not clear if any of the furniture can be saved.
The organization's President and CEO, Christopher Girard, says they had requested the water inside the building be turned off months ago. They were under the impression it had been, until this happened.
At this point, they don't know the total loss. Do-All Incorporated is still working with its insurance agency.
Meantime, families who were counting on the items are out of luck for now.
"People are just depending on this. We lost a lot of beds, mattresses and box springs, so first and foremost... I'm a mom and so my heart just breaks thinking of kids that are sleeping on the floor tonight because they don't have a bed," said Kristal Corrion, director.
Do-All Incorporated helps hundreds of families.
"We provide services for furniture to about 750 families a year, and through Coats for Kids and our school supply program, it's upwards of about 5,000," Corrion said.
There is good news - the coats and clothes donated for kids were not ruined.
The organization says the items soaked in water were supposed to go out this week. Now, they'll need new donations to meet the demand.
Donations will be taken to a different location until the building is cleaned and ready. You can donate at:
711 Ninth St.
Bay City, MI 48708
For more information about Do-All Incorporated, click HERE.
ABC12 Main Station