Donations being taken for family in fatal blaze

Thursday April 25, 2013


Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Donations are being accepted for the family that lost one member and was left with another two injured after a fire broke out in their Lincoln Street home on Saturday.

According to John Mahar, of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, checks can be sent to the Bank of Bennington at 155 North Street, Bennington, Vt., 05201. They should be made out to the Moffitt family, Patricia and Larry Moffitt Sr. Do not make the checks out to the bank.

Scott Moffitt, 36, did not survive the fire. His death caused an outpouring of grief in the community. Moffitt was a Special Olympian and lived at the Lincoln Street address with his parents, Patricia and Larry.

Patricia Moffitt was severely injured in the fire and was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Larry Moffitt was treated at the scene by the Bennington Rescue Squad for an injury to his leg which he received while escaping the house via a window.

Brenda VanNess, Patricia Moffitt's niece, said she is taking donations of items at her home at 12 Tel Road which is off Fillmore Street in Bennington. Anything but frozen food is being accepted. Donators should look to come by after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and anytime Friday through Saturday.

She said the Moffitts lost everything in the fire and need clothing, bedding, furniture and appliances. Women's size four x shirts, size three x pants, plus size undergarments, and 8 and 1/2 to 9 shoes are requested. For men's clothing, large to extra large shirts, size 36-38 pants, and 9 to 9 and 1/2 shoes are needed.

VanNess said other fundraisers are in the works but details have not been determined.

The American Legion Post 13 is organizing a raffle to benefit the Moffitts, according to Linda Greenslet. She said tickets are available at the legion hall and members will be selling them at different events. She said those who want tickets can also contact her at 802-688-4554. Tickets are $2 for one, and $5 for 3. The prize is a king size reversable blanket from Linen World, the drawing is set for Memorial Day weekend.

The Banner intends to update the online version of this story as more information becomes available.

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