Hard to think five days ago, we were keeping an eye on any updates from the deadly explosion in Durham.
In those five days, the story of Durham coming together has been astounding.
Fire Chief Robert Zoldos released that nine firefighters were among the 25 injured. They continued to work despite their injuries from the initial explosion. He anticipates all of them to recover. Fellow business owners and employees turned into first responders as they assisted folks hit with debris from the blast.
Maverick’s Smokehouse was one of the first to take action, with the help of a few chefs from neighboring restaurants to feed first responders as they continued to battle the blaze and protect the area. They kept their doors open for displaced residents to get hotel vouchers and other assistance.
NCWorks reps arrived today to help business owners and employees come up with a plan, as the block remains closed for the time being. Wednesday, Sam’s Bottle Shop, Foothills Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing will host the Bull City Rebuilds fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds from keg sales going to charities that have been set up for victims and families. These are just a few examples of the many individuals that have stopped by with drinks, snacks, anything to create a break in the chaos and tragedy.
There’s multiple ways you can still help. Discover Durham has compiled fundraising efforts into one blog, and will update as they see fit. Many of the fundraisers have exceeded their goal, but I encourage you to help in whatever capacity you can. As the weeks continue, so will the needs.
For those who had boots on the ground, those who have supported them, and those who have sent their love from afar… thank you. No better way to close than from the words of Chief Zoldos: “We were strong when our city needed us to be strong.” #BullCityStrong indeed.