Gen­eros­ity helps Ethel’s fam­ily

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

‘‘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.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.