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Palmerton community helping family displaced by fire

Brian and Michelle Gordon and son Joey, 15, and Samantha, 9, were displaced in a fire in Bowmanstown Friday night CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Palmerton area community are rallying around the Gordon family, whose Bowmanstown home was severely damaged by fire Friday night.

Brian and Michelle Gordon and their children Joey, 15, and Samantha, 9, are staying in a hotel since Friday night.

Both the staff at Parkside and SS Palmer are working to help Michelle Gordon, who works in the office at Parkside Elementary and is the Parkside/SS Palmer PTO President.

They escaped the fire with little but their clothes.

They will be in a hotel until they secure a longer term rental and eventually back to the house (9-12 month estimate).

They have insurance but need immediate help and a place to rent until they can get back into their home.

Jessica Cohen is collecting gift cards for fast food (anything) or grocery store gift cards (Country Harvest or Giant), Walmart, Target and Amazon. No amount/gift card is too small and will buy a lunch, dinner or clothing.

Any monetary donations can also be sent directly to the Gordons via PayPal or Venmo to gordonm887@gmail.com

Money or gift cards can be dropped off at 121 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, in the locking mailbox, monitored by a Ring mailbox.

Checks can be made payable directly to Michelle Gordon.

Friend Laura Konze has set up a gofundme account at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-gordon-family-rebuild?qid=da3338821ee0bfcbd6865b86f1ba63aa

“We are overwhelmed by the response,” Michelle Gordon said. “We have an amazing community here.”

For more information, email jessc511@gmail.com.