Volunteers needed to help clean water damage, replenish donations at Light of Life



PITTSBURGH - Volunteers are needed to help clean up water damage and replenish donations at the Light of Life Rescue Mission’s Ridge Avenue building after a pipe burst, causing a flood.

Officials said the burst pipe filled the basement with water and flooded the first floor.

About 500 bags of donations are being sorted to assess the damage to donated goods. Officials said about 75 percent of the goods are expected to be unusable.

“There will be an ongoing need for volunteers later this week and this weekend as we sort through the damaged goods and clean the building,” said Kate Wadsworth, of Light of Life.

Anyone interested in volunteering should first contact Light of Life volunteer coordinator Bri Feindt at 412-803-4160 or bfeindt@lightoflife.org.

Donations of new socks, new underwear, new long underwear for men, and new children's clothing were among the items that were damaged.  If anyone would like to help replenish these items, please drop them off at the mission's 10 E. North Ave. location or make a monetary donation at www.lightoflife.org.

“I guess what I’m taking away from this is that I’m so thankful we have volunteers and donors who have been generous to us in the past and stepped up today in short notice to come help us clean up and get things back together,” Wadsworth said.