Generosity helps Ethel’s family
‘‘I was still getting over the shock and after a couple of days I showed Mac the Facebook posts and said, ‘look at this, people are offering us stuff’.’’
The Matamata Chronicle also helped, directing people to deliver large household goods to a storage shed.
Everyday for a week Ethel sat outside the gates from 4pm to 5pm while people arrived with trailer loads of furniture, bedding, kitchenware and clothing.
Bobby Joe Brewster, owner of Twice Upon a Child, also used her store as a drop off point for smaller household goods.
Through the community’s generosity, the family managed to replace everything lost in the fire and now have the keys to their new rental property.
‘‘It’s good to have our own space and for my daughter and her partner to have their own space.
‘‘I was surprised by how much the community donated. I just want to thank all the community for helping the Wilson whanau, through the tragedy we had in the last month.
‘‘There were a lot of memories in the house but I just cared about my family. I didn’t care about the stuff, you can replace that - but not life.’’