WTHR Cares: How you can help victims of the Indianapolis explosion
A huge explosion on the Indianapolis south side Saturday night killed two, injured several others, flattened two homes and damaged dozens of other homes. The cause has not been determined.
The explosion occurred on Fieldfare Way at around 11:00 pm and surrounding homes on Fieldfare Way and Alcona Drive sustained heavy damage.
All of the victims had homeowner's insurance coverage and there are no major shelter needs at this time.
Many in the community have asked how they can help. The Red Cross is assisting survivors, some of whom may have to rebuild or repair their homes.
Southport Presbyterian Church relief fund
You can donate money to the victims of the explosion. Southport Presbyterian Church has set up a website to show how to donate online or volunteer.
Money can also be donated at an BMO Harris bank branch.
Longworth memorial fund
An educational fund has been established to honor the memory of explosion victims Dion and Jennifer Longworth.
Dion Longworth worked at Indy Audio Labs as director of product development and technology. The company says it has worked with the Longworths' relatives to create a fund through the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The money raised will go towards education scholarships and grants, along with community beautification projects.
Memorial donations and checks written to "Dion and Jennifer Longworth Memorial Fund" can be directed to:
Dion and Jennifer Longworth Memorial Fund
c/o Central Indiana Community Foundation
615 N. Alabama St., #119
Indianapolis, IN 46204
To help the general community impacted by this tragedy, please make donations to:
Southport Presbyterian Church
Attention: Disaster Relief
7525 McFarland Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Please mark all checks "Disaster Relief"
No material donations are needed at this time after an overwhelming response from the community. Survivors may go to Mary Bryan Elementary School on Stop 11 Road to pick up items if they are needed.
Indy Fire Rescue House
The Indy Fire Rescue House leadership and volunteers are working to coordinate relief efforts to assist those displaced or affected by the explosion. IFD and IEMS officials have referred a family to their shelter and they will be placing the family of six Sunday. The family includes a mother, father and four children, two of whom have special needs.
The greatest needs are cash donations at gift cards to Walmart or similar stores. If you'd like to help this group, please consider making a donation. You can also send them gift cads.
Benefit car show Nov. 17th
A car show will be held Saturday, Nov. 17th as a benefit for the south side explosion. The cost is $10 per vehicle with awards for the top ten.
Vehicle check-in is from 10:00 am to noon, and show hours are from noon to 4:00 pm.
The show will be held at the Incredible Pizza Company, 8707 Hardegan Street, Indianapolis.
Organizers say 100 percent of all proceeds or donations will go directly to families in need.
(Please note that WTHR does not endorse any benefit event unless we expressly say so. Information is provided by organizers.)