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Grateful for prayers, help

On a recent Monday morning at approximately 2:30 am., I was awakened by the smell of smoke. Almost immediately, my grandson and I could see flames shooting up from the back portion of my home. I called the fire department and firefighters from the surrounding area responded. It took two to three hours to extinguish the fire.

When daylight broke, the total devastation of the loss was realized. What did not burn was ruined by the water to extinguish the flames. Everything was gone. My family and I were able to escape with only the clothes on our backs.

During the weeks that followed, we received countless visitors, cards, telephone calls, monetary donations, and most importantly, prayers. There are no words to express our sincere appreciation for the love and genuine concern extended to me and my family.

The loss of my home and furnishings has been one of the most overwhelming, painful and humbling experiences of my life. The most devastatingly painful part, of course, is the loss of personal mementos and photographs, which can never be replaced.

After a month staying in a motel, we finally moved into the new home. I returned to work several weeks ago and am doing fine. My spirits are high, and I am determined to continue my life with a positive attitude.

I want to thank each and every one of you who gave so generously during our time of need. Mere words cannot express the emotional impact the incident has had on us and we are eternally grateful for the charitable donations. My family and I will never be able to repay the kindness to those who unselfishly gave of their time to help rebuild our lives.

I hope the spirit of continued compassion brings family and friends closer together. I now know that tomorrow is promised to no one. My family and I are truly blessed, as we had no idea how many friends we really had until this incident occurred. May God bless and keep you safe.

Sincerely,Clara Troendle”The Wal-Mart Hat Lady”