‘Army of angels’: Community helps Hubbardston family after house fire


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:36 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

HUBBARDSTON — Members of this small community are banding together to help a young family after their home and all their belongings were destroyed in an electrical fire.

The Hubbardston Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 607 N. Washington St. in Hubbardston around 5:30 p.m. May 9. The Carson City Fire Department assisted.

Eric and Jasmine Elliott lived in the home with their four children, Owen, 7, Dayton, 4, Cheyenne, 14 months old, and Damion, 8 months old. Jasmine Elliott is expecting a fifth child in November.

Eric and Jasmine Elliott are pictured with Eric's mother, Deb Elliott (at far right), the Elliott children Dayton, 4 (holding his mother Jasmine's hands), Damion, age 8 months old (being held by grandmother Deb) and Kaytlynn, 3 (Deb's granddaughter). Eric is holding the family dog, Shotty. - Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Jasmine Elliott, her children and Eric’s mother, Deb Elliott, returned from a fun afternoon at Anderson’s Orchard in Stanton that Wednesday afternoon to find smoke billowing out from underneath the home. When Eric Elliott arrived home, he saw flames coming out of the windows.

The family lost everything.

The Elliotts are now living in the basement of Deb Elliott’s parents (Eric Elliott’s grandparents), Larry and Shirley Crouse, next door. The Crouses lost their own home in a fire in April 2011. They have since built a new home in the same location.

While the Elliott family is reeling from losing their home and all their belongings, they are also in awe of how community members immediately responded to help.

“Starting the night of, things just poured in,” Jasmine Elliott said. “We got so many donations.”

Deb Elliott calls everyone who helped, an “army of angels.”

“From young to old, everybody’s been helping,” Deb Elliott said.

“It feels awesome,” Eric Elliott added.

The Elliott family's home at 607 N. Washington St. in Hubbardston was destroyed in an electrical fire on May 9.

Organizations that have helped include the American Red Cross, the Crystal Food Bank, Mount Hope Church of Hubbardston, Bible Wesleyan Church in Sheridan, an Ionia County pregnancy crisis center, along with countless friends, family and out-of-town people who read about the fire on Facebook.

The family is in need of the following items for anyone wishing to help: unisex baby clothes (newborn to 12 months), a baby changing table, boys clothes (size 6 and 6-8 shirts, size 6-7 and 7-8 pants), dish towels and wash clothes, blender, toaster, microwave, children’s toys, queen-sized bed, blankets and food.

Donation cans are available at Carson Village Market, Herald’s Dairy Delight and Main Street Pizza, all in Carson City, and Hubbardston Market.

 

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