Boy loses everything when family home burns down

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by Tyler Baldwin / 3TV

azfamily.com

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 6:53 PM

PHOENIX – 3TV has been talking a lot about the Christmas Angel Program where you take a tag and provide gifts for a needy child.  Several Arizona residents are helping a Christmas Angel of another sort: A 3-year-old-child named Angel, whose house burned down in a fire this week.

His now charred home is where a grandmother, mother and child lived until Monday when it caught on fire. Investigators say it was some type of electrical fire.

Angel is now playing with a few toys given to him by some police officers and firefighters. The rest of his toys are gone. They burned in the fire along with all of his clothes and the presents he was going to get on Christmas.

Thanks to the Red Cross, the family was able to move into an apartment but there is no furniture to lounge around in, no glow coming from the television. In the bedrooms there are no lamps or dressers, just a couple of air mattresses.

Although they are without a festive Christmas tree, friends and even complete strangers are working to make sure Christmas morning the family still has presents to open.

Barbara Shotts lives in the neighborhood where the charred home sits. She has spent all day wrapping presents donated to this real-life Christmas angel. The donations are coming in from everywhere, people who live nearby, even people at the post office where she and her husband work.

Shotts explains, “I've had customers on my route just come up to me and hand me $50 and its like ‘Wow, you don’t even know these people and they are just helping out’."

If you want to help you can go to the manufactured home community. It is located just north of Union Hills on 7th Street and is called Bonaventure. You can drop the stuff off at the head office or at home No. 109.

 

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