Community raising support for family after Cottondale explosion, fire

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

A local congregation is rallying behind some of their own after tragedy struck on Monday, Dec. 13.

Leon Beck, who was 92, died in the blaze, but wife Helen and son Terry escaped.

Central Church of Christ of Tuscaloosa County, which the Becks attended, is gathering supplies and funds to aid the Beck family in their time of need. 

“Everything that they owned was in that house and they’ve lost everything that they have,” said Central Church of Christ Minister Scott McCown.

The Beck family has touched many lives through Central Church of Christ, McCown said, so it’s time to replay the favor.

“The Beck Learning Center was a part of their home for decades, where they took care of children,” he said. “In fact, even over Thanksgiving (Helen) Beck was cooking a Thanksgiving meal for anybody who needed a meal in her neighborhood. That’s the type of people they are.”

Central Church of Christ is accepting household items, clothes and financial donations for the family 

Needed sizes include: 

  • Size 12 ladies clothes and women’s size 7 shoes
  • 3XL men’s tops, 44-64 athletic stretch pants, compression knee-high socks, and men’s size 10 shoes

Donations can be dropped off at the church, located at 304 Hargrove Road in Tuscaloosa, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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