Last night in Newport News, VA, about 2.5 weeks before Christmas, my Dad awoke to the smell of smoke about 3:15am. We are beyond thankful that he and Mom made it out of the house that I grew up in since the age of 6 before being overcome by the smoke... but the fire, which started in the dinette and also scorched the kitchen and family room, has left their home condemned. They are being told that the entire interior of the house will most likely need to be stripped to the studs. There is also major damage to parts of the exterior, and the roof caved in over the fire. The rest of the house suffered major smoke damage. Although the loss of a lifetime of memories, family antiques, loved travel keepsakes, and precious artwork are ruined, my parents will rebuild. I have spent this terrible day overcome by the support of friends, family, neighbors, and more ask how they can help, so I'm setting up this fund on behalf of my amazing parents, Danny and Doris Leigh
. Please help make our Christmas a little more cheerful by helping them get back on their feet as they start the tedious and lengthy process of dealing with insurance claims, cleaning, and rebuilding. We are all completely devastated at the loss, but remind ourselves constantly that the two most important of all survived this awful fire. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers, and for any little bit you'd like to share during this difficult 2019 Christmas season. I know Mom and Dad would be more than thankful having some assistance starting over.
Love and thanks,
Karen and Curtis Harrington