Fire Destroys Families Belongings

My name is Sandy,

 My sister Kellie and her 2 boys just moved into their new apartment this week and last night, Thursday, January 21 after putting her little one to bed, she smelled smoke and saw flames coming from the utility closet.  It quickly spread through the apartment and she was only able to save herself and her two kids.  They were standing outside in their pajamas with no shoes or coats in the freezing cold.  After the fire department arrived and sprayed down the apartment, they found that all her belongings have been destroyed.  Either by fire, smoke or the chemicals that the fire department used to put out the flames.  Here is one of the links if you want to read the article:

They lost everything.  Her kids don't have coats, shoes, clothes or toys.  Her 6 year old wears size 7/8 in boys clothes, size 3 big kid shoes and her youngest, age 2 wears size 3/4T boys and size 8/9 little kid shoes.  Kellie wears size medium/large shirts and size 7/8 pants, wears size 9 shoe.

She also lost all her funiture, dishes, sheets, towels, pictures.....everything.  She has no insurance and no money to replace things.  So I am coming to my friends and family to help my sister and her family.  Even if you can only spare $5.00, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you have anything you were thinking of getting rid of, (clothes, sheets, blankets, etc.) and you would like to send them to her family, email me and I will send you an address where I know your donations will reach her.

She has been in tears and disbelief all day and I have even cried tears with her and hope that you all can help her out.  It would mean a great deal to me and the world to her.  She doesn't know I am doing this, but she truly needs our help.

Thank you,


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Organizer and beneficiary

Sandra Osborne Lanier 
Fairfax, VA
Kellie Dorton 
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