The staff and parents of Covington Elementary School are collecting donations for a mother and her four sons who were left homeless after they lost their home in a fire and explosion on Jan. 11.
Romana Samoska and her four children were left with just the clothes on their backs, except for a few belongings. Thankfully, the family is safe and were not injured in the fire. The family is currently staying with relatives in Oak Lawn.
The three younger boys are in fifth, fourth and second grade. To help the family through this difficult time, the school is enlisting community support.
Checks made payable to Covington Elementary School (indicate “Samoska Family” in the memo) and gift cards are being accepted. Donations will enable the family to buy such basic necessities as underwear, shampoo, laundry detergent, soap, pillows, blankets, etc.
Community members can mail checks and gift cards to:
℅ Covington Elementary School
9130 S. 52nd Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
The school’s PTO is also collecting gently used or new clothing, especially for the boys. For more information or to make arrangements to drop off cash or in-kind donations from your church, workplace, club or school, email principal Kelly Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the main office at 708-423-1530.