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Community donates items to help family displaced by Mayo house fire

Community donates items to help family displaced by Mayo house fire
Community donates items to help family displaced by Mayo house fire
Posted at 4:54 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 13:22:31-05

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Tragedy strikes a family in Lafayette County just two weeks before Christmas.

A fire gutted their home in Mayo. The family escaped with only the clothes on their back and their dogs.

Imagine losing everything you own and scrambling to figure out how to rebuild. The Pittman family finds themselves in that situation after a fire swallowed up their home. Luckily, community members have started donating items to help them get back on their feet.

Jennie Doak lives in Live Oak. She and her son drove to Mayo to drop off anything she could find. Blankets, clothes, canned goods. She said hearing about the fire broke her heart and she wanted to do something to help.

"Even if you don't have a whole lot to give, if a lot of people could just give a little, it equals a lot," said Doak. "Nobody ever knows when tragedy is going to strike. It could happen to anybody's family. It could've happened to my family. So, my prayer just goes out to them. My heart goes out to them."

The Pittmans couldn't salvage anything from the fire, so they're still working on where they'll stay and what they can replace.

Residents in Suwannee County are collecting supplies to help the family, dropping off items at the Melody Thrift Store in Live Oak.