How to help family displaced by fire

6:38 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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Berkeley, MO (KSDK) - It's a story that touched many of your hearts. A family of five was displaced after a fire destroyed their Berkeley, Missouri home.

Many of you e-mailed us since we first reported the fire Thursday morning, asking what you can do to help.

There is no account set up yet to donate, but a group called Helping Hands Outreach Ministries is getting together to help the family.

Ashley Furniture will also be giving them mattress sets for two of the young children who were in the house.

Andrea Thurman says she's doing as well as can be expected for a woman whose home and belongings were destroyed in a fire.

"Although we don't have a place that we can say hey this is our's anymore, we're all still together," she said. "And I have my friends and my family that's surrounding me right now, which I really really need that. So that's helping me cope with our loss."

The Red Cross put them up in a hotel Thursday and gave them money for coats and other necessities. They're staying with her sister for the weekend.

"And then Monday my daughter and I are going to decide where we're going to go from there. But for this weekend we do have a place where we can lay down and get up and wash our face and brush our teeth," said Thurman.

"So that's what the American Red Cross does. It helps them to start to develop a plan and also help them start to take control back in their life because when you've had an event like this it just feels like everything is out of control," said Cindy Erickson with the Red Cross.

She says they're limited in what they can do for the family but it can point them in the right direction.

"We also have wonderful other partners in the community, United Way and their partner agencies. We'll also connect them to some of those other critical agencies that can also help them as well," said Erickson.

Andrea Thurman says she's been getting calls ever since the fire asking what she needs.

"For me that's a hard question to answer because we have literally nothing," said Thurman.

They need clothes, shoes, and pampers for her 3-week-old granddaughter.

"That's our angel because I believe if it wasn't from her waking up during the night getting her mom up and not being in a deep sleep," said Thurman.

E-mail Helping Hands Outreach Ministries at or visit their Facebook page.


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