UPDATE: Impact was able to reach Bernadette Ross, a neighbor of the family who lost everything in a house fire on Sunday. Ross is organizing collection efforts for food, clothing, christmas toys and other household goods to replace those lost in the fire. "It's Christmas time and they've lost everything," Ross told Impact. "The two adults' conditions are improving and they are breathing on their own. Hopefully they'll come home soon."
Ross hopes that with a few basics already in hand, she can make the parents' homecoming to their four children a bit easier. For those who can send clothing for the children, Ross is asking for the following sizes: toddler size 3, girls sizes 14-16, and boys sizes 12-16.
All donations to the Chatmon-Barker family can be sent C/O Bernadette Ross to:
89 Crossman Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14211
Neighbors in Buffalo, N.Y. have rallied around a family of 6 who lost everything and suffered injuries in a house fire on Sunday, The Buffalo News reports.
Parents Cherie "CC" Chatmon, 43 and Eugene L. Barker remain hospitalized since the fire, as does their 3-year-old daughter, Martejha Drayton. Three other children managed to jump out of a second-floor window and escaped major injuries.
While the family recovers, neighbor Bernadette Ross is spearheading an effort to provide for the family as the holidays approach.
"From the looks of things, I don't think anything can be salvaged. They will need everything -- clothing, furniture, food -- and it is Christmastime, so maybe we could have a toy drive, too," said Ross, who with the help of neighbors planned to go door-to-door in the next few days seeking donations. "We have a small block club, and I'm going to talk to my pastor about providing some help."
Read the full story on the Chatmon-Barker family's house fire and how their 12-year-old daughter helped her brothers to safety at The Buffalo News.