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Community Gets Into Holiday Spirit By Helping Homeless Family

Posted December 20, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
Updated October 25, 2006 4:04 p.m. EDT

— A Johnston County community is rallying behind a family chased from their home by fire.

The Lopez family lost everything when their mobile home burned Monday night. The family did not know where they would spend Christmas until Thursday.

The pastor of a Clayton church offered a home to the family. Other residents in the community donated furniture, clothing and food. The biggest surprise came when someone donated a Christmas tree decorated with lights, ornaments and wrapped presents underneath.

Community activist Keri Christensen helped to make the Lopez family's Christmas wishes come true by coordinating the donations.

The clothing, food and furniture drive was so successful that the family says they have enough for now. The cash drive is still continuing. If you would like to make a 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.