GARFIELD, N.J. — Garfield has been home for Amanda Geer most of her life -- until a fire tore through her building over the weekend.
The Oct. 25 fire left Geer and her family searching for somewhere else to live without most of their belongings.
"We're OK," she told Daily Voice. "We're all coping with it differently, but in the end we're still doing everything together."
To help the family move forward, Geer launched an online fundraiser. It had raised nearly $1,000 as of Oct. 27.
The money would primarily be used to pay for a new apartment. The Red Cross helped the Geers stay in a hotel after the fire but they will soon have to find something more permanent.
"We're grateful for anything anyone wants to give us," she said. "We're not greedy people, but we need help."
Geer lived with her boyfriend and two daughters, Brianna, 7, and Hailey, 1.
Brianna, a second-grader, could see her home from Washington Irving School. She likes her classes and friends, so her mother hopes they hope to stay in Garfield.
Since the fire, Geer said family members spent most of their time sifting through debris and saving anything they could.
Garfield PBA Local No. 46 hosted a donation drive for the fire victims Oct. 26. Geer said her daughters got some new toys from the officers.
"People I've never met before, I have no idea who they are, they're donating," she said. "As fast as I can say thank you to one, someone else has contact me asking if I need clothes for the girls or if we need anything."
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