LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- So many donations have come in for the victims of the Lewiston fires, the Salvation Army needed to make more space.

The Lewiston office at 67 Park Street has turned its downstairs gymnasium into a food pantry for Lewiston fire victims.

They are also stocking household items there. The expanded space is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will stay open for the weeks to come, as fire victims find new housing.

"Once they go into the new apartment, the thought is, 'I've lost everything. I don't have a turkey baster, I don't have a cookie sheet, I don't have towels, I don't have washcloths, I don't have anything,'" said Lt. Jason Brake, from the Lewiston Salvation Army, "so putting the pieces back together is a long term process."

At the YWCA of Central Maine, space is also at a premium.

The building has been overflowing with donated goods for Lewiston fire victims -- and people with donations have had to be turned away.

Since the Lewiston fire victims have had a chance to go through and select donations, the YWCA held a yard sale Friday morning.

All of the proceeds will go back to the victims of the fire.

Down East Avenue, at Montello Elementary School, some first and fifth graders are joining the fundraising efforts.

They sold cookies and lemonade to benefit the Lewiston fire victims. Teacher Sonya Laramee estimated they raised more than $1,000.

"Our goal was to learn about money, because we just finished our money...and fraction unit," said Laramee. "But it's about so much more. It's about giving, and I think that's the biggest lesson."

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