Plea for Help as Union Sister Loses Home in Bed Stuy Fire

SEPTEMBER 25 -- Women's Committee and Family Assistance Coordinator Giselle Martinez is asking for help for CTA N. Powell, a six-year transit employee with Car Equipment. She was burned out of her home in Brooklyn early Sunday Morning. The blaze was covered extensively by local media. The fire displaced 50 families from their home on MacDonough Street, among them our Union Sister. Three people were injured.

Fortunately, Sister Powell and her daughter Jazell, 5, escaped unhurt. They were put up in a hotel room by the Red Cross but unfortunately lost all of their possessions. Ms. Powell is asking for donations of clothing -- stretch pants, medium sized tops, and shoes, size 8. Her daughter needs kids size 6 clothes and kids size 12 shoes. They also need food, toiletries, and whatever else members can donate.

Those wishing to help the family can reach out to Giselle at 917-704-6727, or email her at