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Fairfax fire victims are given a Christmas to remember

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 6:57 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A Fairfax father says he and his two kids had an amazing Christmas after losing everything they owned in an apartment fire the week prior, and it’s all thanks to the community. We first met Jesse Fry shortly after the fire. At the time, he and his kids weren’t sure what the holidays were going to look like this year.

Donations from all over the community poured in to give the family a great Christmas. Fry says everything his kids had before the fire has been replaced, plus some. Even the hover boards he had purchased to give to them on Christmas were replaced. One of the kids teachers set out to coordinate clothing donations, never expecting it would turn into what it did.

“I can’t tell you, I actually started crying when I got the phone call that there were this many donations within an hour,” Whitney Velvick told us.

A stranger from New York even overnighted a PlayStation 5, something Fry and his kids never expected.

“Present after present just tearing things open. I’ve never been able to give them a real large Christmas and I know I’m never going to get this close ever again,” Fry told us.

“You feel like everybody is just willing to just help out. It’s that whole idea of Iowa nice,” Velvick says.

Fry told us it’s a Christmas his kids will never forget and the toys have been a good distraction allowing them all to move forward.

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