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Community rallies around family who lost home to fire

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A northeast Missouri family has a new place to live after a fire destroyed their previous home. That fire took place back in January.

The Northeast Community Action Corporation owns an apartment complex in Canton, Missouri, where that family is now living. The family said it works well because it keeps them in this community.

There’s not much on the walls of Bobby Marshall's new apartment but he and his girls couldn’t be more thankful for it.

"I have lots of neighbors I like to play with in the other building. Most of the kids are over there," said his daughter Marian.

"It's a good feeling that the community has our back and they poured a lot of generous contributions to us and we don't even know half the people who were donating to us," said Marshall.

The family has only lived in their new home for a few days. NECAC officials said they had the two bedroom apartment available while the community helped donate the clothes and furniture.

"NECAC does of course emergency services and we were able to pay for some hotel stay while it took us a little while to get them processed and to move in here," said Carla Potts with NECAC.

Potts said this is a perfect example of how NECAC is able to help anyone who loses their home to a disaster or is simply struggling.

"You never know until you try. We have other resources in communities that we can reach out to. It's always good to start with NECAC," said Potts.

Meanwhile, Marshall and his girls said they’re ready to make their new apartment a home.

"Everything can be replaced but everyone I love is still here so I'm blessed," said Marshall.

NECAC said if you find yourself in a similar situation, reach out to their organization. While some programs have income limits, officials said they have a number of ways to help out anyone.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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