Com­mu­nity shows sup­port for house fire vic­tims

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A family dev­as­tated by los­ing their home has felt the warmth of the com­mu­nity, which is help­ing them re­cover.

Crys­tal Babuik and PJ Poroznuk and chil­dren Martin, 5, and Syd­ney, 8, lost their home in Po­plar Grove Trailer Court on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, when the house caught fire. When Drumheller Fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the home, it was fully en­gulfed.

Babuik tells The Mail they lost vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing.

“We couldn’t save any­thing from the house. There is some stuff in the shed that we can get to, but that’s about it,” said Crys­tal. “Ev­ery­thing is gone.”

In the spirit of com­mu­nity, Drumheller came to­gether to help the family out.

“There are a lot of peo­ple and a lot of busi­nesses that have come to­gether to help us out,” said Crys­tal. “We have two young kids and they have ev­ery­thing now that they need, clothes, new bed­ding, ev­ery­thing they need has been do­nated, so they are com­ing along re­ally well.”

The family has set­tled into a new home. Along with these items, they have also re­ceived gift cards and other dona­tions to help them cre­ate some nor­malcy in the af­ter­math of the fire.

Even the school com­mu­nity showed their sup­port. Last week Green­tree School Par­ent Coun­cil hosted a movie night, and with funds, the family was able to buy new dishes as well as ad­di­tional bed­ding for the chil­dren and art sup­plies for the kids.

She said her kids have been re­silient.

“I hug my kids ev­ery­day and

give them kisses, I’m proud of them,” said Babuik

There is a trust fund set up at the Drumheller branch of ATB Fi­nan­cial, as well as a do­na­tion box at Al­lied Dis­trib­u­tors. A fel­low par­ent also put a ta­ble in the Fe­bru­ary 17 Snow­ball Mar­ket at Green­tree Mall to help the family.

Babuik is a long time res­i­dent of Drumheller and knows very well of the com­mu­nity spirit here.

“I am su­per grate­ful to ev­ery­one who has helped out,” said Crys­tal.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Crews be­gan work­ing on the sub­struc­ture for the re­place­ment of Mor­rin Bridge on High­way 27. The project has a value of about $20.4 mil­lion and is slated to be com­pleted fall 2020.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Drumheller res­i­dents have ral­lied for a family who lost their home in fire on Fe­bru­ary 4.

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