Covington School Collecting Donations for Samoska Family

School community is rallying behind a family who lost their home to a fire by collecting monetary donations, gift cards and other items to help them get back on their feet.

Covington Elementary School is collecting donations for a family left homeless by a fire. PHOTO: D123.org
Covington Elementary School is collecting donations for a family left homeless by a fire. PHOTO: D123.org

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:

Samoska Family

℅ 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 kzimmerman@d123.org, or call the main office at 708-423-1530.

CEPG January 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Kelly Zimmerman January 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM
One child is a size large in shirts and size 14/16 pants. The other two are both medium shirts and size 10 pants. Thank you so much!
Rosie Zanger January 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM
what about mom what size is she with her clothing
Rosie Zanger January 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM
putting together a team of friends will be getting things together for the family and dropping off soon
Lorraine Swanson January 16, 2014 at 09:04 PM
You can email me about sizes for the children, lorraine.swanson@patch.com. Gift cards to stores like Kmart, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. are especially needed right now, as well as checks and cash donations. If you're dropping off cash and/or in-kind donations, please contact the school to make arrangements.


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