The Silver Lake community is rallying around a family who lost their home Sunday night to a fire that destroyed everything they had.
The Pearson family has lost everything. Their home, their clothes, toys, and personal items, all gone. Even the needed medical supplies for a father who recently became paralyzed by a disease.
Now the town of Silver Lake is coming together to help this family of seven who have nothing.
Heather and Greg Pearson have lived in the Silver Lake community for two decades, and raised their family there. Two years ago, Greg was paralyzed. The family installed a chair lift to help Greg get into his home. But with no insurance, the family is now picking up the pieces and trying to start anew.
Neighbors stood close last night, watching as the flames destroyed everything inside the two-story home. The family just off in the distance, watching helplessly as firefighters did everything they could to save the house.
Neighbors tell WIBW NewsNow that they are doing what they can to help. An account has been set up at the Silver Lake Bank for the Pearson family.
Neighbors are also working on a drive to help collect donations for the two parents and their children. A 23-year-old son. A 19-year-old son. A daughter that is about 16-years-old and a 14-year-old son. Plus a 9-year-old son. Neighbors did not know the sizes of clothes or shoes needed for them, but are working to gather that information.
Jo Ann Long, Regional Chief Development Officer for the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross in Topeka, says they are assisting the family with short term needs with clothing, food ,water, and housing.
Once more information about the donation drive for the family is available, we’ll have it here on WIBWNewsNow.com
Find more about the house fire in an earlier story HERE.