Muscatine Charity Hopes to Reopen Soon After Fire


By Katie Stinson

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Organizers of a Muscatine charity that suffered fire damage last week expect to reopen in time to accept holiday donations and distribute the clothes and household items to needy families.

The Muscatine Journal reports the managers of Jessica Faye's Closet expect to reopen soon, but first they have to find a new location.

The building that housed the charity run by the Jesus Mission Church in Muscatine was damaged by fire Wednesday and some of the items sustained smoke damage.

The organization was established in honor of Jessica Faye Peine, a 5-year-old Muscatine girl who died in December 1998 after being hit by a car. Jessica's parents donated her Christmas presents to the church that year, so they could be distributed to other children.

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