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Families displaced by tear gas after bank robbery in need of donations

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POSTED September 6, 2009 2:31 a.m.
Six Manteca residents have been displaced from their homes for at least two weeks – if not longer – due to the aftermath of Friday’s Bank of America robbery and subsequent 12-hour standoff in a South Lincoln Avenue duplex.

The two families – including a single mom with two young children – have essentially lost much of their belongings including furniture that will have to be destroyed due to law enforcement’s use of 18 canisters of tear gas.

There also are broken windows as well as interior and exterior structural damage.

Jennifer Dancy of Ladybug’s Quilts has started a drive to help the two families. Those interested in helping may drop donations off to the Ladybug’s Quilts store at 1236 N Main St. Suite A or contact her via her cell phone at 345-4756. More details are also available at www.ladybugsquilts.com.

They will be open on Labor Day this Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept donations as well as regular hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the rest of the work week.

The first family is a couple with a one-week old daughter.

They need somewhere to live and have the ability to pay a small rent.

Items they need include all furniture such as a bed, couch, appliances, tables, cradle or crib.

They also need linen – sheets and towels – plus clothing. He wears 33/33 pants, but prefers baggy shorts, size large, large T-shirts, crew socks, and size 11 shoes.

The mother needs medium T-shirts, large pants, large sports bras, and size 9-9 ½ shoes.

The baby is a newborn – he needs everything – clothing, diapers, wipes, binkies, blankets, burp cloths, tethers, and small toys.

They will have to replace anything porous in the house, so they’ll need to replace all food. They’d appreciate gift certificates to Save Mart.

Toiletries need include nursing pads, razors and shave cream, tweezers, deodorant, soap, shampoo, Q-tips, cotton balls, makeup, nail trimmers, tissue, hair dryer, and such.

They also had a cat that was in the home when it was gassed. They are seeking a groomer or vet that can bathe the cat and treat its eyes.  

The other family consists of a single mom with two sons – 5 and 2 years old.

 They also need somewhere to live and have the ability to pay a small rent.

The family’s furniture and linen needs are the same as well.

The mom needs larger clothing. The kids wear 2T-3T and 5-6.  

The boys will lose just about all of their toys. Anything would be appreciated such as Hot Wheels, bikes, Legos, video games, and toy trucks.

They also will toiletries and food as well.

The two suspects are now in San Joaquin County Jail. They are Joseph Richard Keller, 26, and Elvin Jerome Brooks, 25.
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