Central Virginia neighbors saw a family in need and responded. Now, donations are pouring in for a Chester family devastated by a deadly fire. A local business started a supply drive for the family, and the response has been overwhelming.
In fact, a winner in the Hidden RVA Cash Giveaway is now paying his prize forward as well. It's truly become a community wide effort to help grieving family members get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.
The early morning flames sent a family into a frenzy after their Hamlin Court home caught fire.
"It's personal for the Chester and Chesterfield community," said Franki Lambiotte of Deux Amis Med Spa.
It hasn't been a week and the donations are pouring in at the Med Spa in Chester Village.
"We've had people dropping off items while were not even at work," said supply drive organizer Tammy Mormando.
Thursday, a man came in wanting to donate 100 brand new suits. Later, another walk-in offered a dining room table and bedroom set.
"When I saw that fire on the news I immediately thought and I called," said 76-year-old Lucille Combs.
Now she wants to give away her living room couch.
"When I have furniture, there's no need for me to keep something that somebody else could use," Combs added.
Josh Reeser is of the same mind. He just found $100 in that Hidden Cash craze that's popped up across our area.
"I just happened to come here right at the right time," he said.
He learned about it from the NBC12 Facebook Page and quickly matched a clue that brought him to Staples Mill Road. After learning of the fire, he doesn't see how he can pocket the cash.
"Everybody could use the money, an extra hundred bucks. I could put it in my gas tank. It could go towards lunch, but I've got a better cause. I'm going to give it to someone who could really use it," Reeser said.
As the bags of clothing, toys, and supplies continue to pile up - organizers are in touch with four grieving relatives who are thankful a community is bringing relief.
"It can be grocery store gift certificates. It could be food gift cards for the children. No donation is too small," Lambiotte said.
Items are still needed for a mother, father, two boys, and their grandfather.
Here are their sizes:
Pant - 38x32
Shoe - 11
Pant - 8-10
Shirt - L
Pant & shirt - 5/6
Shoe - 11
Pant - 36x32
Shirt - XL
Shoe - 11
You can stop by Deux Amis Med Spa to drop off your donation. That's located at 11800 Chester Village Drive.
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