Berkeley (KSDK)--Donations have poured in to help Andrea Thurman and her family recover from the fire that ripped through their home on November 29.
"We have collected toys. We've collected diapers. We've collected clothing, shoes, mattress sets. Ashley Furniture is in the process of donating brand new twin mattress sets along with bedding," says Anntionett Coates.
Coates is with Helping Hands Outreach Ministry. They saw Andrea's story on NewsChannel 5 and called to see how they could help. They organized collections, and the public responded.
"I couldn't imagine losing my entire home as well as my belongings in such a way as well as during the holiday season. So by the community standing behind her, showing an outpouring of love, it's just a blessing. It's just wonderful to see."
"I got kind of emotional to see the outpouring of support that we've had from the community," Andrea Thurman says.
Thurman, her daughter and her grandchildren have been staying with her sister. She tells me family, co-workers, churches, and businesses have reached out to them.
"We've had help from lots of friends, strangers...the Berkeley fire department in particular. Lots and lots and lots of support. And for me to have that type of support, sometimes it's overwhelming because sometimes I don't think I deserve it."
Because the fire destroyed just about everything at Andrea Thurman's old house, everything collected is a head start on a new, but uncertain beginning.
"...what is a normal routine after experiencing what we went through with the fire? So we haven't found a place to stay as of yet."
When they find it, they won't have to start all the way over. And for every Helping Hand, Andrea Thurman says she's grateful.
"I just want to say thank you to each and everybody that has reached out to me and my daughter and my family and for all the support because without you guys we couldn't make it."
There are two locations for anyone who would still like to drop off items for Thurman and her family.
10232 Rahning Rd.
St. Louis, Mo 63127
Extra Space Storage
11845 W Florissant Ave
Florissant, Mo 63033