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      Huge response to help apartment fire victims

      A group in Eldon no longer is seeking donations for the victims of an apartment fire. That TMs because the response has been so big.It has been such an experience, Leigh Ann Toalson explained. Everyone has given from the bottom of their hearts.Toalson serves as the volunteer coordinator for Americorps-VISTA, the group that has been accepting donations for the 14 families at the Fountain Apartments in Eldon.All the victims have everything they need, Toalson explained.That includes clothing, linens, food, furniture, and appliances. All of it given from generous donors.Toalson said the Lake of the Ozarks community was big in helping, but it wasn TMt just mid-Missouri pitching in. A church from Independence donated a moving van full of furniture.Never have I ever seen this. People are so gracious, Toalson said. It has been an overwhelming experience for everyone.Victims have until Thursday to pick up whatever items they need.Eighteen people were displaced by the devastating fire on March 2. Of the apartment TMs 16 units, 12 were a total loss.KRCG spoke with the Eldon Fire Chief Randy Vernon. He said the State Fire Marshal TMs Office and the insurance company are still investigating the cause.While Americorps-VISTA no longer is taking donated items, those interested can still give money through Central Bank.Anyone with questions can call (573) 392- 8060 ext. 517 or (573) 280-0896.