FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - A south Alabama family is without a home and their belongings following a fire on Christmas Eve. Now, students at a north Alabama fraternity are stepping in to help.
The house the Parr family lived in for more than a decade was gone within minutes.
“It’s still hard to believe that it happened,” said daughter Madison Helms.
The Parr family, who lived in a home just outside of Dothan, lost everything to a fire on Christmas Eve. But the fire has also fueled kindness and at a fast pace right here in North Alabama.
“This was a really good opportunity to help out another member of another community,” said Matthew Irby.
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member Matthew Irby serves as the chapter’s Social Service Chairman.
He says he went to the same high school as one of the Parr family members.
“I graduated from Northside Methodist Academy in Dothan. They are members of the school and we like to take care of each other,” said Irby.
He and his chapter quickly went to work organizing a clothing drive for the family.
“Its very eye-opening. It really brings everything in perspective to see how lucky we are,” said Irby.
The fraternity is taking donations until January 3rd. Members will then drive those donations to Houston County to deliver the clothes.
“It really feels like there is no distance between the help that we can give,” said Irby.
Now coping with the loss of their home and precious memories, the Parr family says...
“There’s really not words for it. To be completely honest with you its overwhelming because to have so much support behind you,” said Helms.