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Alameda day care operator needs help following fire

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An Alameda day care operator needs help following a fire Thursday in her home day care.

Marva Lyons is looking for an affordable home to rent for her family and space for the home day care she operates on the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Lyons’s family also needs clothing, shoes and personal care items.

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan wrote in to The Island on Saturday to let readers know that Lyons, who she said is a leading statewide advocate of childcare needs for families, is in search of a temporary home to rent and space for the eight families she serves as a day care provider. Chan is asking anyone who can offer a rental to call her office on Monday. Chan’s phone number is 272-6693.

Another reader let The Island know that the family also needs clothing, shoes and personal care items. They said gift cards from Kohl’s, Avenue, Safeway and CVS are helpful. Donations are being accepted at Cliff’s Automotive, 2429 Lincoln Avenue at Park Street. Items needed include misses size 12 clothing and size 7 1/2 shoes; girls size 8-10 clothing and size 1 youth shoes; and women’s size 24 clothing and size 10 1/2 shoes.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze at Lyons’ home day care, which started Thursday in an upstairs bedroom. A resident of the home and seven children escaped unharmed, but the fire caused an estimated $85,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents.

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