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Community helps family who lost almost everything in house fire

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A growing family nearly lost everything when a fire destroyed their home just before Thanksgiving.

Now their community is giving them new hope.

Fire ripped through  the Martinez family's home just one week after welcoming a new baby.

They lost everything they own to the fire that even stole the roof from over their heads.

"It was like shocking to me. I didn't imagine this happening to me ever," said Jamari Luter, 10.

It has been a roller coaster of a month for the Saginaw family.

They welcomed a brand new baby one week and dealt with a devastating loss the next.

Hilda Martinez gave birth to her fifth child two weeks ago and shortly after was met with the unexpected.

"We had a fire. It was in the kitchen. We lost the laundry room and a part of the bathroom. And we lost all our food. Everything was smoke damaged," she said.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

Some of the damage has already been repaired, but they lost all of their food and most of their children's clothing.

The money they need to replace the lost items has been spent on repairs.

"We need food. We have like cereal," Jamari said. "We need clothes."

With the holiday season already here, Martinez said she hasn't even started thinking about what she is going to do.

"We haven't even gotten that far as far as Christmas. We're just thinking about today and making it for today," she said.

Jamari said this has been quite the challenge for his family of seven. They are looking for any help they can get.

"I wanted to cry about this, but I want us to be strong. It's pretty hard because we don't have any food and my dad is carrying all of us on his back," Jamari said.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family and it nearly reached its $2,500 goal overnight.

"I appreciate everything, everything everybody's been doing for us," Martinez said.

Her coworker and close friend Satiarra Lloyd created the GoFundMe page with her fellow coworker Crystal.

"We are just amazed at how fast that went up, especially around the holidays when people are willing to give out of their pocket and give money," Lloyd said.

Martinez said even though the page was set up on Thursday, the funds raised are already enough to make repairs on the house and put presents under the tree this Christmas.

"You know, I had talked to the kids and I had told them we might not have a Christmas. So I just told them you know, we'll do what we can. But I didn't think that it would be as great of an impact as it's going to be because they're going to have a really great Christmas now," Martinez said.

As for Lloyd, she is just happy to have brought some joy and holiday cheer to her friend. She is just as grateful to see the community come together to help out one of their own.

"That was a huge surprise and it made me feel good just knowing that those people are still out there," Lloyd said.

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