Community helps families displaced by recent fires
|By Sean Batura, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"It feels relieving and exciting, and it's such a blessing,"
A youth group from the family's congregation at
"God promised us that He would provide, and we would have taken anything He would have given us, even if it was single-wide,"
The fire, believed to have started in the kitchen due to an electrical issue, destroyed the first home the evening of
"We all go through hard times, but I give the glory to God that we have family and friends and our church family to help see us through it,"
The second portion of the family's new home is set to be delivered today, and they'll be moved in by the weekend.
"Have a bake sale or a fundraiser, give them love, and be patient with them as they try to figure things out," she said.
Other fire victims in need
It's taking longer than expected to get the estimate, with the company wanting to retain portions of the old home and some contractors disagreeing on the safety of using heat-stressed studs and beams, said
"It's been almost six weeks now living in a (RV) with three kids," Bennett said. "They're doing pretty good. We're all adjusting; they're getting used to it for right now. It's only been a few weeks, so we're not tired of each other."
She worries her husband, an Iraq War veteran injured in combat in 2007, may have trouble managing the burns that cover 70 percent of his body if the family isn't able to get out of the RV before the onset of summer.
"(The benefit) went really well,"
15-year-old daughter, Misty, were displaced by a fire that burned their rented home this month off
Abendroth said she and her daughter are in need of a washer and dryer, stove and rodeo clothes for Misty, who's been competing for 12 years and has won numerous awards for barrel racing.
Members of the community already have stepped up to render some help. The Tivy volleyball team raised about
The family is used to pinching pennies to make ends meet, Abendroth said.
"People have told me, 'Don't let her stop rodeoing,'" Abendroth said. "Because that would have been the first thing we would have stopped doing (due to the fire)."
People can help the Abendroths by donating to a fund at
Two seniors displaced last
week when a fire destroyed their home at
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