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Community helps families of plant fire through holidays

Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 09, 2019

GREENVILLE, Mich. — At the H&R Block in Greenville, Misty Vangessel is collecting Christmas gifts for the families of the around 150 people who are without jobs after a fire at the LKQ plant in Montcalm Township.

“Just trying to give back. Trying to help out when I see a need," Misty Vangessel said.

It's just one of the many places people can drop off items.The full list can be found online, along with other information on how to help.

Vangessel knows a few people who worked at LKQ. She says it's important for those employees to know the community has their back.

The good news is employees will be paid through the end of the year.

But Vangessel says she knows they'll still need help in the future.

“That doesn’t mean anything. Yeah they’re getting paid through the end of the year, but then what happens after that?" Vangessel said.

The bills won't just go away. Misty knows that this help is needed now more than ever.

“If we can take this off to where they don’t have to worry about Christmas, they can use that money towards their January bills," Vangessel said.