By Jennifer Eisenbart
Love Inc. Executive Director Bill Schoessling announced Thursday that his agency and Talmer Bank are partnering to set up an account to help victims of Wednesday night’s fire at Echo Lake Foods.
Schoessling said an account is set up at Talmer Bank. People can send checks to either Love Inc. or Talmer Bank, and on the check, write “Fire Account.” Money will go to help employees pay for everyday living expenses.
Schoessling got a call around around 8 p.m. Wednesday night about the fire, and essentially was up all night waiting for people to come looking for help. He and the agency didn’t start seeing families come through until Thursday morning, but Schoessling knows people will be looking for help.
He said his biggest concern is what will happen when immediate relief agencies like the American Red Cross pull up stakes and leave. The account is designed to help employees from Echo Lake Produce with immediate food help, but also with rent as bills come due for families who no longer have jobs.
“We’re probably looking at at least 250 families,” Schoessling said. “Some of the families had both parents working there. We think we think we can acquire the funds through this (the Talmer account) and disaster funds.
“If there’s 250 families that need help, we intend to make sure none of them go hungry, and we’ll do our best to help them with their other bills,” he added.
For more information, contact Schoessling at Love Inc. at (262) 763-6226.