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For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Please see the listing below for ways the public can help the victims of last night’s (8/10/16) fire/explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring.



Donations for Piney Branch Apartment Explosion Victims


Mail it to:
Montgomery Housing Partnership
(Attn: Long Branch Fire)
12200 Tech Road, Suite 250
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Write LONG BRANCH FIRE in check memo

Please note that 100% of your donation will go to the victims, there are no service fees.

(Easiest - and preferred!)

1] Go to:
[2] Click on "Give Direct" (on right side of your screen)
[3] Input amount and credit card number
Make sure you indicate LONG BRANCH FIRE in the 'comment' box:

GOODS (Toiletries, canned/boxed food, clothing)

Please check the CASA website: for any further updates on their needs:

Update 8/17: Thanks to the overwhelming support from you we have received tons of clothes and food and at this moment we are ONLY accepting the following items:

Diapers (specifically size 6)
Diaper cream (Destin)
Deodorant (specifically for men
UNOPENED first aid kits (Band-aids, gauze, and wraps)
UNOPENED pain medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
BRAND NEW undergarments including bras (for men and women)

Update 8/12: CASA reports that they are no longer in need of donations of goods at their Silver Spring center.


CASA Welcome Center
734 University Blvd East
(Off University Blvd, just south of Piney Branch)



A Wider Circle

Phone #:301-608-3504

Address: 9159 Brookeville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Update: 8/15)

  • Strong preference for drop-off at A Wider Circle. Pick-up will be arranged when necessary.(Update: 8/15)
  • drop-off furniture 7 days a week (Monday - Saturday, 9 am. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon - 6 p.m. (Update: 8/15)
  • home goods and furniture


Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington

Phone #: 301-585-6556

Address: 501 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

  • Make donations:
  • Cash Donations - Checks can be sent to ACSGW at 501 Sligo Avenue,

Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Make checks payable to ACSGW) Emergency Fund.

  • On-line and pay via PayPal and mark it “Other” or Emergency Fund @
  • New clothing, houseware items, toiletries, blankets, sheets, etc. --- No furniture


  • ACSGW will be open for calls and services at the following days and times during this weekend:

Friday – 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday – 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.


  • Spanish speaking Case Manager at ACSGW for any help or questions.



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Release ID: 16-439
Media Contact: Lucille Baur 240.777.6507