They lost everything in a house fire this morning.
Thankfully, nobody was hurt and everybody made it out safe, including the dogs. One do was seen at the vet for smoke inhalation, but she is doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
UPDATE: Jasmine, the dog that sustained smoke inhalation, spent the night at the vet on oxygen. She left the vet's office eating and drinking like she should be and per the vet, she is expected to make a full recovery. If you go to the Monmouth section of the Asbury Park Press, there is a video about Jasmine being saved by Fire Fighters.
A space heater in the basement where 2 of the boys sleep, overloaded the circuit and caught fire, thus, destroying everything.
Thanks to the quick efforts of Neptune Fire Department, the house did not burn to the ground, however, all is lost due to fire, smoke or water damage and this family of 8 has no place to go with just the clothes on their backs.
Unfortunately, they did not have renters insurance so all is lost and with money being tight, they don't have anything to fall back on.
I am asking for help for this family whether it be monetary donations so they can get another place to live and try to replace items that were lost, food, clothing or necessities as well as donations for the dogs (food, beds, toys).
Thus far, this is the info I have as far as clothing sizes. Once I get the additional info on the rest of the family, I will update this request.
Teenage boy #1 (Christopher)
Pants size 38/36
Size 15 shoe
Teenage boy #2 (Anthony)
Size large tops
Size 13 shoe
Adult Male #1 (Bill)
Size 14 shoe
Adult Female #1 (Dawn, my cousin)
Size 16 pants long
9 1/2 shoe
Child - Boy #1 (Kayden)
Size 8 Toddler shoe
Child boy #2 (Jojo)
Size boys Large
Shoe size 3 boys
Adult female #2 (Melissa)
Size 16 short
Size 61/2 or 7 shoe
Adult Male #2 (Billy)
Shirt size Large
Shoe size 12
The other family members (1 adult females, 1 adult male, 1 child under 5 and 1 child under 10), I will have to get the sizes they are in.
Because I know there are a lot of scams going on using a fund like this, I can answer any questions you may have, and provide proof that this tragedy happened. Please feel free to reach out to me.
In addition to myself, I have asked another person to oversee this account as well so there are no accusations of misappropriation of funds as I want to ensure that anybody that does help this family is comfortable in doing so & confident that money will be spent for what it is intended for.
If you would prefer to just donate clothes, food, etc, I as well as other family members would be happy to come pick up from you. I will also coordinate drop off locations if you prefer. Once I figure those locations out, I will update this post.
At this time, the family can not take large furniture donations due to not having a place to put them. If you would like to donate furniture and can hang onto it for a few weeks until the family can find a place to live, that would be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to email me and let me know and once the family is able to secure housing, I will contact you.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, requests or advice you may have.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my request. Please share with family and friends.
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