Community Members Collect Donations for Anamosa Fire Victims
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
ANAMOSA, Iowa – Community members are coming together to help a family that is slowly recovering after a fire took over their home.
Authorities said three children, their mom and her boyfriend all suffered injuries in a fire last Sunday at 118 South Elm Street.
One week later, volunteers are doing their part to help.
A plain, white semi doesn't look like much from a distance, but inside a community effort is unfolding. Three Anamosa women who hardly knew each other organized a donation drive for the family that fell victim to the fire on Sunday.
Ashley Plower said she was the first to come upon the fire on Sunday and called 9-1-1 that morning. She kicked off the collection for the family on Facebook.
"We just got a phenomenal response from the community and even people that aren't in the community. A ton of people joined the group and are just willing to donate so much stuff,” Plower said.
Now they have their hands full.
"Home decor, a lot of toys for the young girls because they've lost all their toys,” said Jessica Fahey.
Jessica Fahey is friends of the family involved in the fire. She said they're still in shock over what happened, but they're recovering.
"The family is doing well. The children are out of the hospital, what they need, you know, they just need things to rebuild their lives,” Fahey said.
So donation by donation, this group aims to do exactly that.
"So they are not going to need too much,” Fahey said while organizing donations. “Is there a hand mixer?”
“Yes, I just put one in here” Plower answered.
“Oh Perfect!” Fahey said.
They’re hoping to piece together a perfect future for a family that lost everything.
"I just think it's really great, I just think people need to always think about what they can do to help. It's always good to pay it forward,” Fahey said.
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