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Community supports Sheffield family after house fire destroyed

SHEFFIELD, Alabama – Days after a fire destroyed a house in Sheffield, neighbors and complete strangers mobilized to help the family living there.

The fire completely destroyed the single-family home. Let a mother and her three children scramble to find a place to live.

These donations arrived quickly. When the WA Threadgill school guidance counselor saw mother Ladaire Horrison trying to reach her at 4:30 a.m., she said she knew something was wrong.

The mother-of-three told the counselor that a fire raging as they slept early on Saturday morning completely destroyed the place they call home.

“I don’t know what woke me up. I just woke up and I thank God for waking up, ”Horrison said. “The only thing I could do was grab the kids and get out of the house. “

Horrison said she worked hard to get this house. It was the culmination of her parenting goals to have a place to live as a single mother to raise her three children.

“It was more than a house,” Horrison said. “It was more like a safe haven that I had created for myself and my children.”

She has lost everything, but the community does not sit still. Donations of clothing, diapers and cooking utensils, clothing bags and essentials for Ladaidre Horrison and her children arrive at WA Threadgill Elementary School where the Horrison children attend. The gesture was overwhelming.

“Our community has come together and wants to help in any way they can,” said Maggie Williams, counselor at WA Threadgill Elementary School. “Right now we really don’t know what we need, so it’s hard to answer questions about what they need. “

“I’m overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I’ve been able to receive in just two days,” Horrison said. “It’s very overwhelming.”

The family say they are also in desperate need of cash donations. A GoGundMe page was set up to receive monetary donations.


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