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Community helps family bounce back after house fire


After a fire leaves a family of five homeless over the weekend, the community is coming together to collect donations to help them bounce back.

A mother, a father and their three boys are left with nowhere to live after a Sunday morning house fire. So the staff at the Gurley Rec Center stepped up.

"We are a close knit community and whatever we can do, we all have so much, we have an abundance of everything," said Elizabeth Quarles. She helped get the word out for what the family needed. "Today's society has an abundance and they have nothing. So anything that you can give that you don't need or you don't use."

Quarles said the family needs everyday things that most people take for granted. And residents like Beth Ann Milam came out to help.

"I know what it's like to struggle," she said. "So weather what I brought makes them smile, fills their stomach or gives them something to wear in the sun. However it helps, it helps."

Quarles said she is giving the family space during this tough time, but she gets what updates she can when she can.

"The last I heard the dad is at the UAB the burn center, so I am sure Mom is probably displaced right now," she said. "I believe the three boys were not home."

Donations will be collected at the rec center  between 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. until Thursday.

The family needs household items, toiletries and clothing. The boys wear sizes 4/5, 5/6 and 7/8.  The mother wears large shirts, size 11 pants, and 7.5-8 shoe.  The dad wears 31 inch waist pants and large shirts. 

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