By Stew Slater
Members of the King/Stuckless family, who lost their Prospect Hill-area home and all its contents in a devastating fire on Feb. 3, are slowly trying get their lives back in order.
“I said to them, ‘Well, at least you’ve got a roof over your head’,” friend Amy Coddington of St. Marys told the Journal Argus earlier this week, referring to the one-bedroom apartment in Ingersoll they’ve moved into (with a family member) on a temporary basis. “But they really do need to find a place of their own.”
Coddington has been helping coordinate donations of money and household items for the family. Monetary donations can be made at Coddington’s workplace, the St. Marys branch of TD Canada Trust, and if you have other items to donate you can see her at the bank or call her at 519-284-4594.
An online plea for assistance on Facebook, initiated by a relative in Newfoundland, had raised almost $1,000 as of late last week. It also inspired considerable sympathy from strangers for the family’s plight.
“I live in Ayr. My family shared the same tragedy four years ago,” wrote one visitor to the Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/notes/yvonne-stuckless/house-fire-a-plea-for-public-help/10151224969185685. “And the community was great to us. I would love to return that debt of gratitude by helping you.”
A storage bin in Ingersoll has been the main location for dropping off donations. Coddington says her next job is helping the family sort through the dozens of bags of clothing that have been left at the bin.
“They have loads of winter clothes,” she explained.
Some larger items, however, will be necessary when the family finds a house — hopefully in the catchment area of South Perth Centennial School, since a child in the family is registered to begin Kindergarten there in September. Immediate needs include a kitchen table and chairs, dressers, living room furniture, a TV stand, a double bed, bedding for single and double beds, bathroom towels and washcloths, and a fridge and stove.
And, of course, they’re still hoping to find a place to live. If you think you can help in any way, please call Amy Coddington at 519-284-4594.