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Webb City Schools Help A Family Who Lost Everything in A Fire

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A community comes together to aid a family who lost everything in a Webb City house fire Sunday night. The donations come in time for the three children living in the home to have clothes on their backs by the time they return to school on Tuesday. 

Charles Gordon and his three children returned home Monday morning to see what was left of their home, destroyed by a fire Sunday night. Gordon says he and his children were returning home from a cousin's house around 8:30 PM Sunday night when they noticed something wasn't right. 

"Smoke started rolling out of the house, I ran in, tried to save some stuff, and a friend of mine pulled me out, and the fire department came out and it was all up in a blaze and gone," said Gordon.  

According to Gordon, the family was renting the home and did not have renters insurance, meaning they have to start from scratch and build up everything they own.

"There's nothing left here, it's basically got to start over again and build up from the ground."
 
Gordon said no one was home during the fire, but that all his belongings; from his kids' school projects to clothing and furniture, now lie charred inside. Thankfully Bright Futures, a program out of the Webb City School District stepped in right away to take donations.
 
"It's been overwhelming, we've had a lot of emails, we've had a lot of clothes dropped off already, people asking where they can take donations," said the Bright Future's Director, Jesse DeGonia.

For now DeGonia says donations can be dropped off at Webb City Middle School, and says because of the community wrapping its arms around the Gordon family, these kids will at least have shoes and clothes to return to school in on Tuesday. Something the Gordon's are thankful for. 

"I'm just glad there are people out there to help and to do that," said Gordon.
 
"I just thank them and everything else, I don't know how to explain it," said Charles Gordon, Jr.

For now the Gordon's say they will stay at a local motel, until they can figure out the next step. 
The Webb City Fire Department says it is still investigating the cause of the fire.



Below are the sizes of the three Gordon children and Charles Gordon:
6th grade girl - size 10 jeans/pants, size 5 shoes, size L tops
3rd grade girl- size 8 jeans/pants, size 3 shows, size M tops
8th grade boy- size 30X30 jeans/pants, size 8 1/2 shoes, adult M shirts
The father of the children wears a size 29/32 pant, a medium shirt and a size 8 1/2 shoe


For more information on the Webb City Bright Futures, click here.





 

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