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Community holds Christmas dinner for fire victims who lost everything

December 21, 2018 06:17 PM

When a fire tore through an apartment building on Thurston Road two weeks ago, 12 people lost their home. 

Not only did they lose their home, but all 12 victims lost everything they owned, escaping with only the clothes on their back.

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Now, with Christmas only days away, the community is stepping in to help those impacted with a Christmas dinner at Arnett Cafe. 

The Christmas meal was a way to continue to support the victims with a home cooked meal of fried chicken, potato salad, okra and corn with tomatoes. It was a good old-fashioned soul food meal. 

City Council Vice President Adam McFadden, County Legislator Lashay Harris and the 19th Ward Community Association President Zola Brown organized a fundraiser after the fire and the community turned out in a big way. They donated brand new clothes, toiletries, food and gift cards. It was so overwhelming they even ran out room to store the items.

And the owner of Arnett Cafe, Norman Brown, told News10NBC he was happy to help. 

"There was always somebody in my life to actually help us. I know what it is to need help and I know what it is to give help. I want this to be more than an eating thing...but a community thing," said Brown.

"Help from the community...absolutely everybody...my job at Walmart. I've been there a little less than a year. It's just outstanding. Just last night they gave me a huge stocking full of toys that they collect every year. I’m talking top shelf...the help is still pouring in, pouring in," added Jessica Correa who was one of the victims. "It’s just lucky that I'm still alive, been able to see my kids and take care of them...it’s been a little rough." 

Investigators tell News10NBC that they are still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

As of now, the families are still looking for places to live. 

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