Community rallies around family who lost home in fire

December 20, 2019 GMT

EAST KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire family who lost their home in a fire has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of help from their community during the holidays.

The fire on Sunday night started in the dryer and destroyed everything, including the East Kingston family’s belongings and Christmas gifts, WMUR-TV reported.

Firefighters started collecting donations and more than 70 people have dropped off items, from toys and blankets to clothing.

“Everybody is so busy, has so much going on in their lives and nobody has time for anything. But people in this small town took time, they made time to help this family,” Fire Department Chief Ed Warren said.

Angela Macero said the town has been “so incredible.”

They and their pets are safe, which the family says is all that matters but they will not forget the community’s generosity.

“If we could hug all of you, we would,” Macero said. “But thank you for everything you’ve done for us here and rallying behind us. It means the world to us.”