Local/State

Allentown gas blast victims upset by slow money

Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Allentown explosion

Some residents affected by a gas explosion that killed five people and leveled a Pennsylvania neighborhood are wondering when donated money intended to help them will start flowing.

The daughter of a couple who lost their Allentown home in the February 9 blast says it's frustrating to see accounts of charity drives but no immediate help. Patty Grabowski says the families "need this money now."

Charity workers tell The Morning Call newspaper they're being careful to make sure money goes to those who truly need it.

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley executive director Alan Jennings says his group has to be a responsible steward of limited resources.

Utility company UGI has already provided affected families with $20,000 to help them get back on their feet.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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