Pls HELP Ellis Family House FIRE!!

My sister's house burned down last night. They are all safe and they have their dog, but literally NOTHING else. Not even clothes since they were in bed already or getting ready for bed. They are staying with us as long as they need. I am so thankful that they are all alive. My 8yr niece Josephine's bedroom is completely gone. My sister Cherie said that if Jo didn't ask for a cuddle, she would have been alone in her bedroom and Cherie would have been in the shower. Her husband Mike would have been asleep. And their other daughter emily WAS asleep. Their son Tim was in his room which is now gone too. Thank God our sweet little niece wanted a cuddle that saved their lives.

With that being said.... they lost EVERYTHING. My sister came here without even a shirt Or coat, just a bathrobe and jeans! Her husband is a rough carpenter, and ALLLLLL Of his tools were in the garage and they are melted. She doesn't have her scrubs so she can go to work at the hospital (she is a unit clerk) They are staying with us but its an hour from where they live, so who knows what will happen with the kids schooling.

I really want to get a fundraiser together for them. I don't know what else to do. They lost all their Christmas presents for the kids, they don't have clothes, Mike can't even work without tools.

I am also going to be collecting donations here at my house for them. Bloomfield, maple and telegraph area. If you have ANY extra clothes that would fit them that you are thinking of getting rid of please let me know. I am prob going to go to Salvation Army or good will to see what we can get them later today.

**FOUND** Also if you hear of anyone looking to adopt a family or even just 1 member of the family for Christmas please let us know, as we are starting all over with that too.

**FOUND** We also need a large dog crate for a big lab.

Cherie - large/XL 10/12ish in pants
Mike - XL & 36/30ish pants
Tim - men's medium & 29/32ish pants
Emily - women's XS/S in tight clothes but likes m or L baggy sweatshirts. 1/2 in womens pants.  **COAT FOUND 
Josephine - kids size 8, but we mostly have her covered because my girls wear same size.

They need clothes, boots, coats, shoes, everything really. also if you have any tools that you could part with, maybe we can get him a start towards working.

Thanks for reading, sending prayers and helping if you can. I don't know what else to do. I feel so helpless. PLEASE let me know if you have an advice on how to pull through this. They literally have nothing anymore. Just each other, which is actually everything.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Melanie Whiteford-Johnston 
Leonard, MI
Cherilyn Ellis 
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