Colorado

Mar 25, 2010 8:17 AM by Matt Stafford

Community coming together to give a helping hand

A house fire from February leaves a Colorado Springs family in a desperate situation. However, thanks to the generosity of others in our community, the family is now on the mend.

"It was 1:30 in the morning when it started," explains Bill Daily, as he points out the part of his basement that caught fire last month. Luckily Daily was able to get his wife and three grand kids out safely, but his home was another story. An expired insurance policy quickly put a stop to repairs.

"After being here 30 years, it's pretty rough," Daily says.

Daily and his grandson are staying in his motor home. With no money for repairs, hope was running low.

That's where community support comes in. With help of his employers and co-workers at Garden of the Gods Club and a local church, Woodmen Valley Chapel, work is getting done on Daily's home. Volunteers have received plenty of help, but could always use more.

"We just immediately got behind him the best that we could," says Gene Gabelman, a co-worker of Daily's that's helping rebuild his home.

Some of the workers are longtime friends; others didn't even know the Dailys but wanted to help. However, Bill Daily isn't just impressed with their hard work, they're surprised with his.

"Here's this gentleman rolling a wheel barrow. Then I come to find out he's the owner of the house," says volunteer Danny Diekman.

"They're scattered right now, and we've got to do whatever we can to get them home," Gabelman says.

Repairs may take two months, but as least this family knows they'll eventually get back home.

If you would like to help through donations of time or money, please contact Gene Gabelman at (719) 636-2520. Organizers say it will take about $25,000 to make the home livable, and they are about halfway to reaching that goal.

A fund has been set up at U.S. Bank under the name William Daily.  You can make donations there.

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