Organization collects items for family affected by fire

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- After an apartment fire on Florida Drive damages a local family's belongings, one organization is stepping in to help them recover.

This past Wednesday, a fire caused $260,000 worth of damages to an apartment building in the 4100 block of Florida Drive, leaving many families in need of help.

One of the families reached out to Just Breath 815, a group dedicated to helping homeless teens. The organization decided to put together some items that were donated to their teen drop-in center and give them to the family of five.

Organizers gathered clothes, blankets and hygiene kits for the family. They are also offering free haircuts to prepare the kids for school.

"Especially when things like that happen, they need a place to go and a community resource, and Just Breathe 815 - our goal is to help homeless teens, young adults, and now we're gonna help families as well. A lot of people don't know where to go, so they'll reach out, and we wanna help them," says Just Breathe 815 founder Kevin Ware.

"I just wanted to give back as much as I could, and I have the talent to give haircuts, and I just thought, if they needed a haircut... when you look better, you feel better, and it'll help lift them up in their time of need," says volunteer hairdresser Carrie Crosby.

Many of these donations are from SwedishAmerican's nurses, who collected thousands of items for the center.

No one was injured in that fire. The cause is still under investigation.