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Donated items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 1101 Fifth Ave., New Kensington.

The store is open, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The phone number is 724-335-7620.

Mark items specifically for the Angel Wilson family.

Items needed

• Furniture for a living room, dining room, bedroom, dishes, bowls, silverware, pots and pans, and small kitchen appliances.

• Clothing and shoes for five family members: Summer clothes needed immediately, then other seasonal clothing such as coats, boots, etc.

Sizes (partial list): Young girls — toddler size 4-5 and 5-6; boy — boy's size 14 pants; woman — medium shirt, size 9½ shoes; man — pants, 32 waist and 34 long, XL shirts.

• Toys for two girls, who are 4 and 5 years old.

• Sporting goods for 12-year-old boy who lost his street hockey gear, football, baseball, softball and a hockey card collection. He also lost an Xbox 360.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1:21 a.m.
 

The family left homeless by a fire that destroyed most of its possessions at a New Kensington home Thursday evening is “just trying to get things pulled back together.”

Angel Lynn Wilson along with three of her five children and boyfriend lost all of their possessions in the blaze. Their rented, two-story, wood-frame house at 318 Home St. was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived Thursday evening.

State police have ruled the fire accidental.

The American Red Cross provided Wilson, her children and boyfriend with temporary housing at a nearby hotel until they find transitional and new, permanent housing.

The New Kensington Salvation Army is collecting items for the family.

Wilson and her two children who were home when the fire broke out escaped, but not the family's 12-year-old cat, Camity, according to John Kunkle, Wilson's boyfriend.

“Everyone was in shock yesterday and everyone is trying to get calmed down,” Kunkle said Friday. “We're just trying to get things pulled back together.”

The family lost everything in the fire — furniture, TV, clothing and cell phones.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com. Staff writer Chuck Biedka contributed to this story.

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