A bank account has been established to assist a Clovis family who lost their home and many of their possessions in a fire Saturday.
The fire, started by a child playing with matches in a bedroom, caused smoke damage throughout the family’s home and water damage resulted from efforts to save the structure, according to neighbor Noel Hunt.
Fire officials reported the fire started around noon Saturday and was quickly extinguished without injuries.
The college student said after the fire, she introduced herself to her neighbor and set out to help Naomi McDonald and her three children get back on their feet.
Hunt said she has gone door-to-door trying to raise money for the family but so far has only collected about $50.
The Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance to the McDonald family following the fire, including three days lodging, groceries and some clothing, according to Zia Service Center Manager Cindy Meeks.
“We assist with immediate emergency needs then from there we try to assist them to make a plan,” Meeks said, but it is not uncommon for families to have ongoing needs and shortfalls when they have lost their home and possessions to a fire or other disaster.
Hunt said the single-mother and her children are waiting to move into a new rental home next week, but in the mean time are struggling.
An account has been established at Clovis National Bank under the name Naomi McDonald, Hunt said.
Donations of clothing and household goods are also wanted. Hunt said she can be contacted at 749-5895.
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