Community Helps Fire Victims
A Haywood County family is thanking the community for helping them celebrate Christmas, after a fire burned them out of their home.
Chris and Angela Morris and their five children enjoyed the day after Christmas at her parents' house in Waynesville.
Just a week before Christmas, fire destroyed the house they were living in off Iron Duff Road.
They all survived. But their belongings, including the kids' presents, were a total loss.
The family moved in with Angela's parents and donations of clothes and presents piled up.
"Friends, family, churches, and the sheriff's department, Walmart, everybody has really really helped us out", says Chris Morris.
"A friend of mine form Ohio, that I went to high school with I haven't spoken to in 40 years saw it on Facebook and sent me a check to help these kids out", says Angela's father Gary Allen.
The Morris' are grateful to the community for its generosity, especially after a year that has seen Chris laid off from his job, a car wreck, and now a fire.
"Thank you for everything that they've done and all the help that they've given us and everything. It's been a blessing. It really has", says Chris Morris.
"And I just hope the New Year brings better times for our family and my kids. They've been through a lot", says Angela Morris.
The family says Mountain Projects is also offering them a voucher for a new home.
By Rex Hodge
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