NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
Items will be removed from the Bradley on the Bay condominium complex to determine if any are salvageable. The top floor was ravaged by fire last Wednesday, and the bottom floors were damaged by smoke and water. OCEAN CITY TODAY/NANCY POWELL (Oct. 5, 2012) The board of directors of the Bradley on the Bay condominium is supporting the fundraising efforts of a woman who is trying to help people displaced by the Sept. 26 fire at the 37th Street complex.
They came to the defense of Monica Hanshaw after hearing a man is claiming she must not use the name of the complex.
In an example of no good deed goes unpunished, Hanshaw, who is spearheading the relief efforts, was disheartened by the man’s reaction.
Hanshaw said Monday that one of the condominium association members went to Fager’s Island, her place of employment, to complain because he or his family or the association was not contacted to be helped. She said she did not know if he and his family were victims or if he lived elsewhere in the 37th Street condominium complex.
Firefighters from Ocean City, Berlin, Showell, Ocean Pines and Bethany Beach, Del., battled the blaze at Bradley on the Bay condominium building for more than four hours last Wednesday. “I don’t even know if he’s a victim,” Hanshaw said. “This is to help all victims.”
She said the man told her she may no longer use the name of the condominium complex in her fundraising efforts and that he is trying to get a lawyer involved. She does not know why.
“This is so absurd,” she said. “Who would ever knock someone down for trying to help?”
Because of the man’s complaints, she changed the name of the Facebook page she started in order to raise funds for the six displaced families. It had been facebook.com/BradleyOnTheBayCondoFireReliefFund, but now it is facebook.com/ OCMDANGELS.
Since then, the president and vice president of the board of directors at Bradley on the Bay called to apologize and offer their support. The man who complained, Hanshaw said, had no authority to tell her to cease using the condominium’s name.
As of earlier this week, only one family had contacted Hanshaw about the assistance. Although she and some of the fire victims work at the same place, Fager’s Island, they do not work the same shift and she did not know their last names.
The Red Cross helped the victims initially, but the organization maintains the privacy of the people they assist and does not give out their identities. Even Hanshaw does not know who they are, except for one family.
That family consists of a father and mother and three children, but others know of the available assistance collected by Hanshaw because her Red Cross contact has told them.
Hanshaw has been putting donated items in donated storage space at OC Mini Storage in West Ocean City.
“We will eventually disperse it to the families,” Hanshaw said. “We’re just trying to help people with nothing.”
She expects more families to make contact once they are in permanent housing and have space for the donated items.
WalMart gift cards are especially welcome, she said. Donations may be taken to Fager’s Island and Fish Tales in Ocean City and Outback Steakhouse and OC Floor Gallery in West Ocean City. OC Floor Gallery collected items during a live radio broadcast from there on Saturday and the Coconut Malorie donated sheets, towels and blankets.
People may also make a deposit to the Bradley on the Bay Fire Relief Fund at any Bank of Ocean City branch. The funds will be divided equally among the families.