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DC Radio Stations, Nonprofits Come to the Aid of Montgomery Village Fire Victims

‘A village is supposed to come support a village.’

Justine Love, Director of communications and public affairs for CBS Radio of Washington DC, tends to donations during a charity event in Montgomery Village, MD on Jan. 13, 2014. Tiffany Arnold | PATCH
Justine Love, Director of communications and public affairs for CBS Radio of Washington DC, tends to donations during a charity event in Montgomery Village, MD on Jan. 13, 2014. Tiffany Arnold | PATCH

Local radio stations and charities banded together outside the Goshen Safeway on Monday to collect donations for the 40 people who lost everything in a fire that killed a 4-year-old boy in Montgomery Village last week.

“Any time a child loses his life and for 40 people to be displaced—that is what we’re supposed to do,” Justine Love, director of communications and public affairs for CBS Radio of Washington DC. “A village is supposed to come support a village.”

Four-year-old Lancelot Quarshie was killed and several people were hurt in a fire in Cider Mill Apartments on Jan. 8. Fire officials said investigators determined the fire was accidental and likely started in a kitchen.

The blaze damaged 12 apartments and caused more than $1 million in damage.

CBS Radio DC Cares, in partnership with Safeway and Women Who Care Ministries, were at the Safeway at 20211 Goshen Road in Montgomery Village from 2-6 p.m. Radio personalities and local DJs from El Zol, WPGC, The Fan, WNEW and Fresh FM were happy to greet those who made donations. 

“You have to take time to help your community,” said DJ Flexx, chatting during a break from his live broadcast for WPGC. “You would want someone to do the same for you if you were the one in need.”

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Those interested in donating, who weren’t able to get to Safeway on Monday can call 301-963-8588 or visit WomenWhoCareMinistries.org. Love said information about how to donate was available at the radio stations' websites.

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