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Family Without A Home On Thanksgiving After Devastating Fire
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Nov. 22, 2012 8:54 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 22, 2012 9:04 PM EST
Davis Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A heartbreaking Thanksgiving for a family in Kanawha County trying to pick up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home in Davis Creek.
"What a difference one day can make in someone's life. It's really, it's amazing," says Calvin McGhee. For his family, this Thanksgiving is unlike any other.
"I'm just lost. I'm at a loss for words," says his wife, Robyn.
They're left only with memories now of the place they've called home for decades. Fire ripped through their home on Monday, destroying everything they own.
"What really hit me the most was that I had a bag of coins and I had a dollar bill in there and my grandma signed it when I was two years old. That meant the most. I've sifted through it and I can't find a trace of it anywhere. It's just ashes," says their son, Doug.
No one was home when the fire started, but their family dog, Bandit, wasn't able to make it out.
"Everything can be replaced excpet for my dog. He had my heart. You can't replace that," said Robyn.
The only things they were able to find were a few pictures. One of Jesus Christ that Robyn has had for years. They say it's a sign of good things to come.
"You see this and you find this in tact and it makes you wonder," Doug says.
"All things go through your mind, how your wife was spared. It's hard to explain," said Calvin.
Despite their tremendous loss, the family is relying on their faith to pull them through. And this Thanksgiving, they're finding new things to be thankful for.
"I am very thankful that my wife and I were not home maybe in bed asleep when this took place, and the beautfiul weather we're having. I had a great Thanksgiving meal at my sister's today. I'm just wonderfully blessed. The Lord provides for the whole world, said Calvin.
A fund to help the McGhee family has been set up at City National Bank. If you'd like to help, just ask to donate to the family under the name Doug McGhee.
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