sidents are rallying behind a family left homeless after a fire destroyed their Williamsburg home Wednesday night.
A home occupied by Raylee and Kris Bischoff in the 1300 block of Rock Creek Road, Williamsburg, was deemed a total loss, according to a sheriff’s report.
A fundraising campaign was set up by Crystal Davis-Taylor to help the family recover. To donate go to: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1168775026609613/
“Some close friends of ours lost their home and everything in it in a house fire,” Davis-Taylor posted on Facebook. “The insurance will only cover the mortgage and they will have to start over. They would do anything to help others and never ask for help, but now they need it. Anything you have to give would help them immensely.”
Davis-Tayor said people have responded quickly to their needs.
“Different business owners have brought donations, cash, supplies, soap and towels,” she said. “People that I know don’t even know them [have donated]. It has been great.”
Donations also also being collected for the family at Gerken Rental, 120 S. 15th St., Ottawa.
Davis-Taylor said gift cards, gas cards, cash, and gently used and new clothing are welcome. She said the family needs bedding items such as new pillows, sheets, towels and blankets.
Other items needed include phone chargers (universal), toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, laundry soap and cat food,
Please be conscious of what you drop off as they have nowhere to store huge bags of clothes at this time, Davis-Taylor said.
Davis-Taylor said items, cash, checks, gift cards may be dropped off at her office, 420 S. Main St., Ottawa, during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday). It was posted on Facebook that AutoZone, 1630 S. Main St., Ottawa, was a drop off spot for donations.
She said as of 3 p.m. Friday, they had raised nearly $1,900.
“There is a long way to go,” Davis-Taylor said. “I know how devastating this is for them.”
Davis-Taylor said social media came in handy for this situation.
“It has been incredible,” she said. “We were able to get the word out quickly. By noon the next day, they had $1,200.”
Sizes of clothing needed are:
• Women’s jeans, size 5-7.
• Women’s shirts, size M, L, XL.
• Women’s shoes, sizes 9 and 13.
• Women’s pants, size 20-22
• Women’s jeans, size 36X36
• Women’s shirts, 2X
• Men’s athletic pants, size medium.
• Men’s shirts, size large
• Men’s jeans, size 30 x 32.
• Men’s shirts, size medium.
• Men’s shoes, size 11.
• Men’s shoes, size 12.
• Socks, size 8-12.