London Fire: Flood of Donations for Survivors Overwhelms Organizations

LONDON — A flood of generosity aimed at those who lost everything in the London high-rise fire has provoked an unexpected message.

“No donations,” read signs placed outside the Latymer Community Church, which is located in the shadow of the 24-story apartment block which was devastated by Wednesday’s blaze, leaving dozens dead or missing.

Other organizations and agencies have also pleaded with people to stop offering inferno survivors everything from food and bedding to clothing and children’s toys.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people offering donations of supplies for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. No further supplies are needed at this time,” Hammersmith and Fulham council, a neighboring local government, posted on its website.

At the nearby Westway Sports Centre, boxes of diapers, toilet paper and other goods sat on an empty tennis court.

Inside, a mall of sorts has been set up for people who lived in doomed Grenfell Tower as well as nearby buildings. Many had no access to their homes for several days after the fire.




Image: Donations of clothing piled up at the Westway Sports Centre

Donations are piled up at the Westway Sports Centre near London’s Grenfell Tower.