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Johnston County Family Needs Your Help After Losing House In Fire

Posted December 19, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— A Johnston County family will not be able to spend the holidays at home. A space heater caused a fire and destroyed their home in the Cleveland community Monday night.

For the past two days, Monica Lopez, her husband and their two daughters have been staying at a Johnston County. Their belongings were reduced to charred memories and ashes, and their money is running out.

Community activist Keri Christenen is trying to help them.

"Monica, the 5-year-old, woke up yesterday morning and said, 'Now, we can't have Christmas because we don't have a house for Santa Claus to come to.' So it is very devastating for them,'" she says.

"When I got scared, I told my daughters to go outside, and I just couldn't take it," Lopez says. "I don't have any family here."

The family is looking for a place to stay, along with food and clothes donations.

If you would like to help, call919-938-3566. To make a financial donation, checks can be mailed to:First Citizens Bankc/o Monica Lopez10702 U.S. 70 WestClayton, NC 27520

Donations can also be made at any First Citizens Bank.