A poor rural family suffered a house fire overnight yesterday. House is a total loss, hardly anything standing. Due to the economy, Grandma had several generations living with her in that small house......trying to feed / pay bills she let the house insurance lapse because she couldn't afford to pay it. So it's really a total loss. Her sister, whom I happen to be facebook friends with posted about it right after she was able to get photos. The response from total strangers and neighbors has been amazing. Just simply warms my heart and gives me hope that there are still plenty of good hearted souls in the world. This family is crammed into a room in a local motel. They only had enough money in their pockets to stay until tomorrow. People have shown up all day to pay for their room in advance so they have a place to sleep. People have also shown up to give them gas cards so they can go visit badly burned family members hospitalized in Columbus. This family has lost absolutely everything except the clothes on their backs. Those who have heard the word have dug through closets and storage to find clothing in the right sizes. Once delivered, they will have decent clothes to wear. I can't help with cash but am taking personal hygiene items, laundry soap (they'll have to wash those clothes), and food from my stockpile if they have a way to prepare it. (I probably won't be the only one) Later will be the rounding up household items if they can find a permanent place to stay. I don't mind helping. Shoot, fire is my worst fear. We're hurting pretty darn bad in this area and still folks rally around someone in need and do whatever they can to help. After all the political mud slinging and crud over the past months.....I needed to see this right now, lemme tell you.