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Oceanside community rallies around couple that lost home in fire

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The Oceanside Fire Department responded to a blaze on Southard Avenue on April 12.

The fire happened at the home of Eduardo and Roxana Garcia, which was completely destroyed.

The family’s neighbor, Don Nir, has started a collection to provide money, clothes, gift cards and other items to the couple in their time of need. Donations can be made via Venmo at donnienir@gmail.com, via PayPal at dnsupplyco@gmail.com or by dropping items to 2548 Southard Ave., in Oceanside.

Nir said many community members have already donated to the cause, and businesses such as Farfalle, Smith’s Tavern and Bellas Pizza & Panini have also contributed. Nir added that he collected more than $2,500 in cash and several gift cards and dropped them to the Garcias on Sunday.

“They were quite emotional and extremely grateful for the support of our community,” he said.