School, community reaching out to help a family in need

Jan 12 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The holiday season, with all its joy and wonder, can also be a tragic time for some. That is especially true for four students from Gray Court-Owings School and their family.

Their holiday season saw the loss of their home in a devastating fire. Despite that loss, the family of ten is counting their blessings, as there were no injuries in the fire.

The American Red Cross response team stepped in to provide temporary support for the family but that support expired on Friday, January 12. The family of ten still has not found a new place to live and continues to need assistance with shelter, food, and clothing. As a result, Gray Court-Owings School initiated “Operation Support Family Fire” to make the community aware of the family’s needs and to serve as a clearinghouse for donations to the family.

School counselor Angie Bigham is leading the effort along with Principal Phillip Dean who says it is in response to questions from Gray Court-Owings’ students asking, “How can we help?”

For anyone interested in assisting this effort, Gray Court-Owings School is accepting monetary donations. The school will use all cash donations to assist the family with temporary shelter and food. To ensure the integrity of the process, the school will directly pay the hotel where the family is staying and use additional funds to purchase gift cards for food.  Contact the school bookkeeper, Sissy Meadows, if you are interested in providing a cash contribution to aid the family.

Bigham said, “It is unknown, at this time, how long temporary shelter will be needed.”  Money collected during Operation Support Family Fire and not used toward temporary shelter or food, will be used to help the family with needed deposits to establish permanent living arrangements (rent deposit, electric, water, etc.) and finally bedding needs. 

Once the family resolves the housing issue, they will continue to need clothing, furniture, kitchen items, etc. “Because the family does not have the means to store these items at this time,” says Bigham, “we ask that you hold off on those contributions until the housing situation is settled.”

For additional information, please contact Gray Court-Owings School at (864) 876-2131.

Last modified on Friday, 12 January 2018 23:51