January 19, 2014
A family is struggling to put back the pieces of their lives after a deadly fire claimed the lives of two children and their mother on Saturday morning.
Now the Union Run Baptist Church in Keswick is opening their doors to the family that survived.
“Whatever we can do in the course of these weeks, we want to be there for them,” says Rickey White, Pastor of Union Run Baptist. “That's what friends are for.”
Dan and Kristi O'Donnell have been friends with Pastor White for 20 years, so it was no surprise, when he came to their aid.
“It's overwhelming and when we go through these overwhelming situations we need others to help us through,” says White.
He gave a sermon on encouragement during the Sunday morning service. The O'Donnell family was in the congregation and appreciated all of the love and support.
“It's good to know that we have neighbors and a good community at Union Run Baptist Church that are supporting us and it helps us to keep hope,” says Daniel O’Donnell, owner of the home that burned. “It was nice to be with a good spiritual congregation and having their support means a lot.”
Currently they are staying in a hotel, but through the help of family of friends they hope to one day get back on their feet.
They are asking for space and a chance to recover. They also want people to remember the family of the victims. Two other children were not at the home when it burned down, but will also need help in with clothing. They are between the ages of seven and nine.
“Our heart goes out to them,” says O’Donnell.
Members of the church gave donations and hugs during Sunday's service. All to help support both families who were victims of Saturday's fire.
If you are interested in donating to both the O'Donnell family as well as the family who lost a mother and two siblings to the fire, please send donations to Union Run Baptist Church at 3220 Keswick Rd, Keswick Va. 22947.