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Community Donates Supplies To Help Family Affected By Fire
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Sep. 17, 2012 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2012 6:20 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Neighbors are pitching in to help a Guyandotte family dealing with the aftermath of a fire that nearly gutted their home over the weekend.
Cindy Mounts and her two kids were not home when the fire started Saturday at their residence at 3929 Fifth Ave. The outside did not sustain too much damage, but inside is a pretty big mess.
Luckily, caring neighbors are jumping in to assist the family. Guyandotte resident Rick Simmons put together a drive to help get clothes, cleaning supplies and other donations.
"You know when a tragedy happens, you're standing there alone wondering what's going to happen, how you're going to do it,” Simmons said. “When the community comes up, the city comes up, puts their arms around you and say, ‘We're here,’ it makes a big difference."
Tina Brooks doesn't know the Mounts family, but wanted to drop off what she could.
"My mother had a fire about 20 years ago. I know all about tragedy. I've had a lot of tragedy in my life, and I wanted to help," Brooks said.
Brooks not only donated money to the family, but also plenty of supplies. "I know they don't have insurance. I knew she owned the home, and I felt like with her having two small children that if I could do a little bit to help, then I would do something to help."
Some are even pitching in on the cleanup effort. A handful of friends and family members came out to the house Sunday and Monday to start the lengthy process of scrubbing out soot and debris. Simmons said, "The community's up there, helping them restore, to redo the whole thing. They're doing it on their own with the community's help."
Simmons said they will be collecting monetary donations and supplies such as trash bags, rags, paper towels and bleach. On Monday evening, they also are gathering clothes for the family, who need women's sizes 1 and 18 and boy's size 5. They will be behind the Madie Carroll house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You also can drop off donations to the Mounts' home on Fifth Avenue in Guyandotte this week.
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