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Home destroyed in fire, community steps in to help family

A Crisp County family is thanking the community for supporting them after a fire destroyed their home.

That fire ripped through their mobile home Wednesday morning.

Strangers and familiar faces to the Kennedy family say they will do whatever it takes to help them recover from a fire that took everything.

This house is still smoldering two days after it caught fire leaving the family of 5 without a home.

"The kids had left for school Wednesday; the mom had laid back down and fallen asleep. She woke up and the fire was actually in the bedroom with her and she was able to escape out the window," said Coach Bill Pate.

The mother, Jennifer Kennedy says the fire started around 9 a.m. She says fire officials believe the fire started from the Hot water heater. She says by the time she escaped, the house was already 75 percent gone. Once news spread around town, the Crisp County High School Dugout club got to work with donations.

"We met last night as a club, plus several other members of the community came and volunteered to donate items. Some of them were given to her last night and some larger household items," said Michelle Walls.

The family is now rebuilding from the tragedy. The Chamber of commerce, Habitat for Humanity and Gateway in Cordele are collecting all types of items for the family.

"The attitude in this community is great, when it's one of their own; they are going to take care of them. And that's what they've done for this family and the fact she's a single mother with four kids its very scary for her," said Vicki Keith.

Kennedy says thankfully no one was hurt. She says she is amazed at how many people have come together to help her family start over.

The dugout club says people have offered hotel rooms for the family. Jennifer Kennedy says she is trying to find a permanent place for the family.

There is an account set up in the family's name at Planters First Bank in Cordele. You can also drop off donations at the high school baseball field Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Here is a list of items still needed from the Chamber of Commerce:

* Towels and wash cloths

* Silverware

* dinning table and chairs

* Refrigerator

* Food

* Clothes (see sizes below)

* Games and toys for kids.  

* Bed sheets

* Pillows, comforters

* Glasses/Cups

* Kitchen storage containers

The Kennedy's are a family of 4 children (2 twin 7yos, 12 yo girl, and 16 yo male) and their mother, Jennifer.

Sizes:

Mom wears 4/6 pants, med shirts, 8 1/2 shoes

15-16 yo boy - 30/32 pants, adult med shirt, 11 shoes

7yo twin boys - 7 slim and 7/8 adjustable pants, 7/8 shirts and sizes 1 and 2 shoes

12 yo girl - 12 girls pants, youth large shirts, and 5 shoes.

 

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