Iowa community supports family who lost home and business in house fire

A community in Iowa comes together to support a family who lost everything they owned in a house fire this weekend.

Sharon McCammant and her grandson, Dylan, lived at the Mitchellville home where Sharon ran her antiques and furniture business, Sharon’s Treasures, reports WOI-DT. The residence burned down just before 2 a.m. Sunday, according to KCCR.

Danielle Kunze considers herself McCammant’s “adopted granddaughter” and says the building is an integral part of the community, according to WOI-DT.

“The building has been there for so long… It was kind of surreal to realize it wasn’t there anymore,” Kunze said. “I try to reassure her every day that we’re going to get through this.”

“It’s definitely dark for her still. And just a lot of unknowns for her,” Kunze added.

Now community members are rallying behind McCammant and helping him through tough times.

The Hole Shebang restaurant, which is owned by Crystal Beattie’s family, held a fundraiser for a pulled pork dinner to benefit McCammant.

“I’ve known her since I was about 10,” Beattie told WOI-DT.

According to KCCI, Beattie said:

I think it was just kind of automatic, like, “hey, this just happened. What can we do to help?” because we’ve known Sharon for years. It’s just down the road; we buy him a lot of furniture for the house and things like that, so I think an automatic like, “OK, hey, what are we going to do?”

McCammant’s friends, Steven Schafer and Rhona Sickora, traveled to Mitchellville from Colfax for the event, according to WOI-DT.

“We are friends. She treated us like family,” Schaffer said.

“Everyone contacts her, comes to see her; this town is really coming together for her,” Sickora explained.

Jessica Baldwin owns Tavern 36 in Mitchellville and has another fundraiser going.

Tomorrow night Tavern 36 will be hosting a fundraiser to help Sharon Mc Cammant recover from the fire at Sharon’s…

Posted by Town of Mitchellville on Thursday, February 3, 2022

“The night the fire happened, our staff sprang into action and helped,” Baldwin told WOI-DT. “One of our guys knew Sharon pretty well, so we decided we had to step in and do something to help them.”

Kunze hopes to harvest enough for the family to find a home.

“She’s really overwhelmed and speechless at the amount of support she’s seeing for her,” Kunze told WOI-DT. “She really has no idea what to say, other than thank you.”

She noted that McCammant already had her sights set on rebuilding.

Kunze also created a GoFundMe, which raised over $3,000 of the $6,000 goal.




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