A SCARBOROUGH family who lost almost everything in a blaze at their home have been given an early Christmas present by kind-hearted store owners,
Sandra Wilson, 37, and her two children, Courtney, nine, and Taylor, eight, were left with nothing but a set of pans and a bag of summer clothes when a fire tore through their apartment on Kealia Court earlier this month.
The family had only been there for a short while, and the property was uninsured. They also received abuse from certain members of the community, despite fire officials stating that they currently believe it to be an accident.
Desperate, Miss Wilson went around Scarborough town centre, asking store bosses if they could spare some old stock to clothe her children.
The response was so overwhelming, it left her in tears.
She said: “I was just hoping that I would get a few things, nothing much. But people have literally been paying for things out of their own pocket for me.
“I went to Savers and after telling the girl there about what had happened, she told them to get what I needed. “
“I started picking up all the cheapest things, like fifty pence deodorants. She came running over and said ‘What are you doing?’
“She made me put them back and let me get the best stuff in the shop. It came to about £40, and I just broke down in tears.”
Stores throughout Scarborough have rushed to her assistance after hearing of her plight.
Some stores have given a handful of items. Other stores, such as Matalan, have wrapped up boxes full of presents for the family to open at Christmas, even supplying the tree for them to go over.
However, one of the most heart-warming donations came from Funkymunky owner Sarah Farrar.
The store, which supplies children’s clothing, only caters for youngsters up to around five years old, and was only able to offer Miss Wilson a few items.
However, the 36-year-old was so touched by the family’s plight, she went home and picked up clothing from her own home to give to them.
Miss Wilson has praised the generosity of the stores, which has gone a small way to helping the family rebuild their lives.
If any companies wish to help the family out, please contact the Evening News on 01723 383809.