Fundraiser in south Tulsa kicked off to help families affected by apartment fire

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/08 10:05 am Published: 2/07 6:09 pm

Tulsa Community and Duffy’s Restaurant is coming together to help the dozen families that lost everything to a fire Wednesday.

Duffy’s Restaurant in South Tulsa is teaming up with our news partners at KRMG to raise money and to help keep those families warm.

Our FOX23 crew went to Duffy’s near 91st Street and Sheridan, to find out how much money has been raised.

KRMG went inside Duffy’s restaurant to ask people to donate blankets, money and anything to help those who lived inside the 12 apartments that burned to the ground Thursday morning.

FOX23 stayed at Duffy’s the all day to see people’s reaction to the cause.

FOX23 found out the people of south Tulsa have been overly generous, donation after donation, all day long.

“People are in need and that’s what we do as Tulsans,” said one resident who gladly gave money.

Hours after the Tulsa Fire Department put out the flames,  KRMG and Duffy’s teamed up to help the twelve displaced families.

“It’s not going to be 20 percent, it’s going to be more but that’s what I said,” said another resident.

Other people just dropped by the restaurant to donate the basics to help.

"There’s lotion, shampoo, shower gel, you know, everyone needs toothbrushes, toothpaste," said Sandy Rybick.

KRMG reporter Russell Mills was part of the action at Duffy’s.

He sat inside the restaurant and went live on the radio throughout the day asking the community to come together and help, and Tulsans listened. 

“My heart went out to these people when I saw the building. They lost everything I just thought I would want someone to do this for me.  We come together when someone needs help, and this is how we are here in Oklahoma,” said Mills.

FOX23 was there as one lady quietly walked into the restaurant and put new blankets on the bench, quickly and without a word.

Other people shared their stories with Mills.

A man who heard the call for help on the radio stopped by and said, “I don’t know anybody there [affected by the burned apartments] don’t have any affiliation other than seeing it on the news.”

FOX23 and KRMG heard a lot of happy and sad stories from people making donations -- some strangers and some neighbors, but all coming together to support the same cause, helping others. 

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