Two local photographers have banded together to collect donations for a Forest Hill family whose house was destroyed by fire Tuesday.
Anni Matusky, her husband and their two sons, 8-month-old Louis and 3-year-old Emerick were living in his parent's basement apartment in the 2400 block of Dixie Lane. After Tuesday's fire, which caused an estimated $600,000 in damage, both families were left without a place to live or any of their belongings.
When they heard the news, Lindsay Parks and Jessica Vocke got together to organize donations for the family.
"They really lost everything," Parks wrote in an email Thursday. "When I heard early Tuesday morning, Jessica and I sprung into action immediately."
Parks, of Lindsay Parks Photography, wrote that she knows Anni Matusky from the photography world - Matusky also has her own business, Anni Oh Photography.
Although the family is starting over with nothing, Parks wrote it is still "amazing and a blessing" that all family members made it out of the fire alive, except for the pets. The American Red Cross has helped the family so far, providing a crib for the baby and other items.
Parks wrote she has been "blown away" by the outreach and response from Harford County and surrounding areas.
She and Vocke have collected clothing and toy donations and want to halt those types of contributions to not overwhelm the family, although they may be in need of furniture, according to Parks.
"Gift cards and money are greatly appreciated as Anni and her family look to the future for the boys and for their family," she wrote.
Any gift cards can be mailed to Vocke at Helping Anni c/o Jessica Vocke, 407 Webster Street in Bel Air, 21014, and monetary donations can be made to Anni through Paypal, at email@example.com, according to Parks' blog post. For Paypal donations, she added, write that it is a gift for the family in the notes.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family is staying with Anni Matusky's mother in Havre de Grace, Parks added, and is grateful for all the help. Not only have other families stepped up, but businesses have also given whatever they can when asked, according to Parks.
"The outreach from the community has been nothing short of amazing," she wrote. "I am in awe of everyone's open hearts and feel blessed Harford County is full of such incredible people."