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'Incredible' amount of donations pouring in for OEV community

There are an 'incredible' amount of donations for the people affected by the Old East Village explosion, according to the charity coordinating contributions.

Charity says donations are helping families affected by last Wednesday's explosion in east London

Jacqueline Thompson, executive director of LifeSpin. ( Sofia Rodriguez/CBC)

An "incredible" amount of donations is pouring in for those affected by the Old East Village home explosion, according to LifeSpin, the charitable organization helping coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Londoners have been rallying around the east-end community ever since a car driven by an alleged drunk driver crashed into a Woodman Avenue home, severing a gas line and set off an explosion last Wednesday that damaged 10 homes.

"People have been generous from all over the city," said Jacqueline Thompson, executive director of LifeSpin.

This is just one of the homes destroyed by the Woodman explosion. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC London)

Thompson said it's unclear how much money has been raised, partly due to the different avenues people can choose to donate and new fundraising initiatives keep popping up.

However, she estimated about $35,000 has been raised so far, with several days to go until Friday, when an exact figure is set to be released.

Thompson said Lifespin will meet with community partners on Tuesday to discuss how financial and tangible donations will be distributed to those who need help. 

Community members were offering people hugs at Sunday's gathering. More than 400 community members came together for a community picnic to show their support for Old East Village. (Sofia Rodriguez/CBC)

"We need to have people power to come and sort what we've had donated," she said. "We will set up some sort of way where we can equitably distribute the cash dollars to families."

Thompson said the next step is to focus on getting displaced families back in the community.

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