Family struggling to buy Christmas gifts after home burns to ground


News 12 at 11 / Sunday, December 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A family is in need of a little extra Christmas spirit after their home burns to the ground, leaving them nothing.

Now, just days before every little kid's favorite holiday, the Harris family is wondering how they're going to celebrate now that everything they own and bought is gone.

"Everything was gone when I came back," cried Joyce Harris.

A mother stands in tears as disbelief sets in all over again.

"I lost everything in the fire," she said.

A home on Dunns Road used to house her and seven other family members.

"We're not sure how the fire started, but we do know that it took everything," son Antonio Harris said.

A family home for the last sixty years is now just a bunch of charred memories.

"It brings a lot of memories, because I had that house before my children were born," explained Grandmother Christine Harris.

Grandmother Harris was the only one in the house when the fire broke out. She was able to escape the flames but left barefoot. Her pajamas are now the only thing she owns.

"I had about $800-900 saved up, you know for Christmas. All that got burned up," she said.

That's money that was supposed to buy her grandchildrens' Christmas gifts. Now it's a victim of the fire this family will never forget.

"Oh goodness, you couldn't see anything. Smoke was everywhere, fire was everywhere," remembered Antonio.

While there might be fewer presents under the Christmas tree this year, this family says there's one thing they're grateful for.

"My life because I could have gotten burned up. I'm thankful for my life. I thank God every day for my life, because I could have been dead," the grandmother said.

"I have learned that family is more important than any materials, as long as you have your family," Antonio said.

If you're interested in helping, there is a way. It's called the Harris Relief Fund. You can donate money at the First Bank of Augusta on Walton Way.

If you would like to donate gifts, you can call Rev. Larry Fryer at 706-399-1292 or e-mail him at fryer1235@gmail.com.


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