Community support pours in to help family displaced by fire
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
A local family is still trying to pick up the pieces after a house fire destroyed nearly everything they own, but their struggle has been made easier by people like you, who have stepped up to donate clothes, money and even found them a new home.
The season of miracles may have just ended, but not for the Simpson family.
"We are very, very, very happy," said Latika Simpson.
One week ago from Tuesday night, Simpson put out a plea for help. Fire had destroyed her home, and she and her four kids lost everything.
"On the inside, I was a-crumbling because I was not sure where I was going to go to from there, but today, I just can't quit smiling," said Simpson.
On Tuesday night, she was smiling for a good reason. Generous people in Mid-Michigan helped get this family back on its feet.
"Right after this story aired on Channel 5, the response was overwhelming. We've had response from all over your viewing audience. It's been just amazing. I'd say the no. 1 response we've had has been from your viewers," said Pastor Keith O'Neal, the director of the Good Samaritan Network, who helped coordinate the Simpson's donations.
That response provided clothes, school supplies and more than $2,000 in cash donations.
But the giving didn't stop there.
The Simpson family got the keys to a new rental home.
"People that's willing to do for each other, and that's what it's all about, that's what the community is all about, is making sure your own is OK, and that's something that they made sure for me and my family," said Simpson.
And there's one thing that this story proves. Flint and Mid-Michigan people are a resilient bunch. They helped this family who had nothing just a week ago have something for which to look forward.
The Good Samaritan Network is still trying to find a stove and a refrigerator for the Simpsons. If you can help, you can reach the network at their website by clicking here.
On Wednesday at noon, the Simpson family will receive the keys to the home. TV5 will be there when this happens. Stay with us for continuing coverage.
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Friday, August 22 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:04:57 GMT
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