a Stratford Family lost their home to a fire last week on Union Avenue. I attended a drive on Saturday in Magnolia to support the family. The drive produced more than enough clothing for the children (5 year old girl and a 3 year old boy) They still need SO much. Imagine losing your entire home, the bedrooms, kitchen, garage, EVERYTHING! I can't imagine the nightmare of this family starting over.
They are still collecting items. Everything from kitchen items to furniture. If you have things you've been saving for a yardsale or whatever and you'd like to donate that would be awesome. I emptied most of my yardsale pile. I found a nice fireproof safe on craigslist that I'm picking up tomorrow for them. They lost all documents. Birth certificates, soc security cards, marriage certificates, savings bonds, car titles, all of thier homeowners policies, life insurance, EVERYTHING! I can't imagine the headache of getting replacement documents.
The little girl wears a size 5T. Her little brother wears a 4T. Mother wears a medium top and 9/10 bottom. The Father wears a Large shirt bottoms 33/33. As I went through the day at home today, everything I looked at from a spatula, to a pair of flip flops, as I sat on my couch and slept in my own bed, I began to think of this family and what they lost. If we can assist them in picking up the pieces and rebuilding, that'd be great. It felt really good to help out the family, anything will help. There is another drive one night this week. They will be in a rental property in early June while they rebuild the house. I'd like to start collecting items. I also want to start getting Supermaket giftcards to help with groceries for the kids.
If you can't help, maybe you know someone who can!! They need everything..end tables, sofa, televisions, dressers, clothes, appliances, fridge, washer, dryer, pots and pans, kitchen items, toaster, can opener, every thing in every room in every drawer, vaccuum cleaner, trash can, laundry baskets kids stuff, a lawnmower, tools, blowdryer, iron, thier computer and desk...too much to list....it's all gone. They have a 5yr old girl and a 3 try old boy. Outdoor stuff too. All they saved was the mailbox :(
Imagine starting over...completely, with the clothes on your back and your kids in your car....I pray everyday for this family. If you're able to donate items, or money, that'd be awesome...At least keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. I've attached a picture of whats left of thier house.