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Resources for Flint home explosion victims

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A tragedy of this magnitude calls for a response equal in size, and the Flint Community has stepped up in a huge way to help meet the needs of the families who have been devastated and displaced by the explosion.

This has been a heartbreaking event for the community. Some things are irreplaceable, like the loss of life, but for those things that can be replaced like food, clothing and shelter, the Flint community is stepping up in a big way. 

The City of Flint has established a help line to take names, and addresses and needed resources for impacted families. That number is 810-410-2020.

The Red Cross has set up a warming center and reception area at St. Piux Church at 3139 Hogarth Avenue. Those who need can also call the Red Cross at 1-800 -Red Cross.

Displaced families looking for housing are urged to call Catholic Charities at 810-232-9950.

The United way of Genesee County has also set up a fund. Those who are interested can make donations through their website.

Hand of God Ministries in Flint has had there doors open since Midnight Monday, helping families with immediate needs. The church is also thinking ahead to Thanksgiving.

"So what we will be providing is dinner for Thanksgiving and love and hugs (laughter), and a sense of comfort that no matter what the tragedy is we still have a reason and opportunity to give thanks and to be thankful," 

Hand of God Ministries is also taking donations of food, clothing to help those displaced by the tragedy.

They are located at 3408 Miller Road in Flint.

Also, ABC12 News wants mention that Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said that in addition to the donations of money and goods the families who have been impacted by this event, they would also appreciate some prayers from the community.

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