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Roanoke mom shares recovery story after her house burns down

Demetra Kendrick thanks the Roanoke American Legion for donations after her seven-bedroom house burned down before Christmas.

Posted: Jan 11, 2020 8:05 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2020 9:57 AM

ROANOKE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Demetra Kendrick rushed home from church on the Sunday before Christmas. 

When she and her 10 children made it to the driveway, their house was burned to the ground.

Kendrick's seven-bedroom house provided a "safe haven" for many children, some foster and some just in need of a positive word. 

For Kendrick's own children, this was the only home they knew.

Thankfully, a Roanoke firefighter reached out to local American Legion Post 160 to see if they could help. 

The Legion responded with an overwhelming amount of support, rallying donors from across the country to send home goods and even Christmas gifts.

Kendrick's God-daughter, Ayanna Tipton, says, "it was such a blessing to see everything they lost come back tenfold." 

When Kendrick's children asked if Santa was still coming for Christmas, they had no idea he'd bring the whole community with him.

If you'd like to donate to the Kendrick family or find out more information, call (260) 255-1301 or click here.

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