After family loses home in fire, Veterans of Foreign Wars steps in to help

House Fire

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6022 is helping a family from Elrod recover in the wake of a devastating house fire.

<p>The Nichols family home went up in flames around 1 p.m. Tuesday. No one was home at the time, and the family’s pets escaped the blaze thanks to a neighbor.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”><span data-ogsc=”black” data-ogsb=”white”>“The biggest concern was to make sure her and her children were safe,” said VFW Commander Donnie Nelson. “Over the years I’ve learned property and things of that is all materialistic. You can replace all that but the main thing is their lives were spared.”<br></span></p>

Tabetha Nichols works at the VFW, and as soon as her work family learned of her plight they jumped into action.

<p class=”x_MsoNormal”><span data-ogsc=”black” data-ogsb=”white”>“We went ahead and put out information on our media, our Facebook page and stuff,” Nelson said. “I requested everybody to share it so we can get people to bring clothing items, shoes, maybe jackets.”</span></p><p>Nelson said anyone interested in donating can drop off items at the VFW building, 7001 University Blvd. E., Cottondale, even after hours.</p><p>“W<span data-ogsc=”black” data-ogsb=”white”>e’ll pick it up, bring it inside and sort through it so they get some immediate needs met,” said Nelson.</span></p>

Sizes needed include:

  • Women’s small shirts/jackets
  • Women’s pants sizes 2-4
  • Women’s shoes size 7.5
  • Girls clothes size 7-8
  • Girls shoes youth size 1
  • Toddler size 11 months
  • Boys shoes toddler size 3

There is also a GoFundMe available for those who can lend a hand financially. You can find it right here.

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