Community rallies to support displaced family

By: Nicole Bell - bio | email

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - A community rallies to support a family who lost just about everything in a house fire.

The fire broke out on Bermuda Point Court in Chester earlier this week.

Saturday, friends, neighbors, and strangers gathered to help raise money for the fire victims.

It's a carwash with a cause.

"These are my neighbors," said fire victim Cheryl Diggs. "They're helping out lending us their water and I thank all of them."

Cheryl and her family are rebuilding their lives.

Friends and neighbors helping to wash away the pain.

"You never think things like this would happen to you," said Cheryl's daughter Tyesha. "Just to look at it (our home) is kind of sad."

The Diggs' home caught fire days ago.

The flames destroyed most of their belongings including items for a catering business operated inside the house.

"We lost everything," Cheryl said. "There was about $75,000 worth of equipment in my garage and throughout the house. "

Their optimism has not extinguished.

"We're going to make this, not a sad event, but a happy event," said Tyesha.

Neighbors and friends gathered with the family to hold the car wash.

Strangers and familiar faces donated $5 or less at a time.

"They're helping me get back on my feet and every bit counts," said Cheryl. "I was in the store today and a man gave me a dollar he said he didn't have much - that was all he had."

Residents say, it's the least they can do to lend a hand.

Several firefighters who responded to the blaze also showed up to the fundraiser.

It's not part of the job -- they say it is a part of being a good neighbor

"We're going to do whatever they ask us to do," said Enon volunteer fire Lt. Scott Haclitt. "We're here to assist with moral support. If they need us to wash cars to raise money by all means we'll help them."

The Diggs family says regardless of how much money is raised -- they're already rich in spirit.

The cause of the house fire is believed to be electrical.

A second carwash to help the family will be held all day next Saturday the 17th.

It will take place at Bethesda Baptist Church in Colonials Heights.

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