SCOTIA — The Dietershagen family will receive some extra financial help.
Friends have started a relief fund for the family, whose Bruce Street home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.
All four occupants of the house suffered smoke inhalation and other injuries and required medical attention.
People can donate to an account that has been set up at the 1st National Bank of Scotia. Checks or cash will be accepted at any branch, including the main office at 201 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 12302.
The bank account will be the second helping of help for the family. Friends already have started a “GoFundMe” page that has raised $38,100.
Amy DiCarlo of Glenville thought there was a need for the second account.
DiCarlo said the idea came after Bob Leto, Scotia-Glenville High School’s varsity football coach and also a physical education teacher at the school, asked the school’s sports booster club about making a team donation.
DiCarlo, president of the booster club, said the club manages team accounts — including money raised through team fundraisers. The football team made a donation.
DiCarlo thought others might also want to chip in and reached out to 1st National.
“I knew there were GoFundMe fundraisers and I didn’t want to detract from that,” she said. “I just wanted something local so when they got home, they could immediately get money. I knew it wasn’t going to be a ton of money, just enough to get the basics.”
Those basics include soap and clothing.
“I’ve had other friends who have had fires and what they’ve said is, ‘I don’t even have clean underwear,'” DiCarlo said. “So underwear, toiletries, a few basic outfits.”
DiCarlo said there’s also a family connection: Her daughter Lia is friends with Lexi Dietershagen. Both are juniors at Scotia-Glenville.
Checks should be make out to Dietershagen Family Relief Fund.