Helping Tacony Victims

Jodi Mallon, outside the Tacony home where four people were locked up in a basement, is on a mission to bake a birthday cake for victim Derwin McLemire. (Yong Kim/Staff)

Seems like Jodi Mallon, profiled in my column today, isn't the only one who wants to sing Happy Birthday to  Derwin McLemire, one of the mentally challenged adults abused in Tacony.

(To watch the CBS-3 an interview with McLemire, click here)

Tasha Jamerson, spokesman for District Attorney Seth Williams, says the office has been getting calls locally and from all over the country  – Manhattan, Georgia and beyond – from Good Samaritans wanting to help the Tacony basement victims celebrate the umpteen birthdays they missed while held captive by a team of monsters led by Linda Weston. Jamerson said the office is accepting all cards, gifts and donations on the victims' behalf and will be sure to get them to the men and women who were caught in Weston’s terrible web.

If you’d care to donate, send your cards or gifts to the following address: 

District Attorney’s Office

Attn: Tacony Basement Victims

3 South Penn Square

Phila., PA 19107