HAMILTON, NJ -- In the early hours of March 15, Hamilton Township's firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at a duplex on Grand Avenue that left the home uninhabitable. But, in the few days following the blaze, the community rallied around the family raising more than $25,000.
Family member Safa Mahgoub created a GoFund Me page after the devastating blaze in which they lost their home and the majority of their belongings. Mahgoub said the family is grateful that they are safe but asked the community for help.
"I am thankful that my family made it out safely but unfortunately we lost our home and the majority of our belongings. I have four younger siblings, as well as my mom and step-dad who live in this home and made it out with nothing except the clothes they had on at the time of the fire," wrote Safa. "We are hoping that insurance will assist in the cost of a house but until then I am hoping that you can pitch in whatever you can to help my family make ends meet."
"I am the oldest of my four siblings and am currently living on campus for the semester but my youngest sibling is only six years old, and they all lost their laptops for online school in the fire and my mom needs clothes for work as well as affording food for our family since they are temporarily staying at a hotel until the situation can be figured out," Safa added.
The support came pouring in with some donations of $100 but the vast majority in smaller denominations showing the heart of the community to help out in any way possible.
Dozens of supporters sent their prayers and good wishes to the family. Others offered food and support. One donor wrote "I donated because I know what it's like to suddenly lose a home. I donated because I'm in a position to help. I donated because once a hornet, always a hornet and we fly together even when we're apart."
Safa has written on the GoFund Me page that donations are no longer needed, but the local community continues to provide support for the family in this tragic time.
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