Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tamaqua Volunteers group are in desperate need of donations for all the families affected by recent fires in Tamaqua, West Penn and Clamtown. Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated, "Of course, monetary donations are the best way to help, but we are taking smaller-sized item donations for the families until Friday." Families of the recent fire will be given the opportunity to go through all the donated items Friday or Monday. Items being collected by the Salvation Army until this Friday consist of smaller appliances, pots, pans, dish, silverware, cleaning supplies. If you have larger items you can donate (such as refrigerators, beds, dressers, furniture, and so on), call the Tamaqua Volunteers group at (570) 668-1234 to arrange to drop-off your donations at a temporary emergency storage container, which was donated by American Hose Company firefighter Thorn Devlin of Thorn's Cycles and ATVs. Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua 18252. For check donations, put "fire victims" in the memo line. Pictured is Eric Becker, Tamaqua Volunteers member and Salvation Army volunteer, trying to piece a bed set together for one of the children affected by the fire. Whispell added, "Most of the families lost everything in the fire, so anything you have to donate is greatly appreciated."