Family that lost everything in house fire thankful for community support

A family that lost everything in a fire Friday (Nov. 29) has been touched by the outpouring of support from the community.

In a social media post, Darryl and Meagan Mcmann noted that there’s been no shortage of offers of help in the days since.

“Meagan and I are absolutely humbled to our core of the absolute pure kindness that has been shown by family, friends, neighbours and absolute strangers in this moment of need,” Darryl’s post reads.

While no injuries were reported, the family’s dog was trapped as the fire raged and eventually destroyed the home.

“We were fortunate we were working and all the kids were at school when this happened but we could not get home quick enough to save our precious Border Collie, Stanley, who was brought to us less than a year ago by Santa himself,” the post reads.

Thankfully, the couple carried insurance so the biggest need right now is clothing for them and their three children – Hunter, Denver and Hailey.

“We are respectfully declining everyone’s attempt to set up a GoFundMe account because we don’t want to be perceived as having a handout when insurance will replace everything we have lost. But we all know how insurance can drag their heels on just about any claim,” the post reads.

“Having said that, we would love any help with the kids’ clothing, either buying something yourself or a gift card for us to purchase it ourselves. Once again we send our heartfelt thanks to everyone in this truly great community we call home.”

For those wishing to donate, clothing and shoes/boots are needed in the following sizes:

Hunter – size 6 clothing and size 12 shoes/boots (child).

Denver – size 6 clothing and size 11.5 shoes/boots (child).

Hailey – medium clothing and size 5 shoes/boots.

Meagan – medium clothing and size 5 shoes/boots.

Darryl – XL clothing and size 11.5 shoes/boots.

Members of the Wilfrid Community Hall board are co-ordinating efforts and Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb is also accepting donations, which can be dropped off at 316 Lakeland Crescent in Beaverton.

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