Phillips Hardware collecting donations for family after fire destroys home on Christmas


WATERFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) — On Christmas Day, one local family lost nearly everything. A fire ripped through their home in Waterford destroying most of their personal items, but the spirit of giving doesn’t end with the holidays.

You will find one of these jars in every Phillips Hardware store in our area.  They are helping a young employee rebuild after losing nearly everything in an apartment fire. He lived there with his mother and younger sister.

A small jar sits on the counter at Phillips Hardware store in Waterford. Its handwritten message proves the spirit of giving is year round in this community.

Employees are trying to help one of their own rebuild. Their 18-year old co-worker lost most of his belongings on Christmas Day. An electrical fire destroyed his family’s home on First Street.

“We all just wanted to do something,” Ivy Brown, an employee from Phillips Hardware, said. “It was Christmas. We just felt so horrible for him that we all wanted to come together and help him out.”

Support quickly took off. Many people pick up an extra item for the family while others drop change in the glass jar. Any little bit helps.

“Clothing, food donations, any household items,” Brown said.

The Waterford-Halfmoon School District Superintendent says the family is well-known and well-liked.

“Michael, who graduated last year, and Brooke who is in tenth grade, always had a smile and a hello for you,” Patrick Pomerville said. “We feel awful for the family that this happened, especially around the holidays.”

Which is why helping, was a no-brainer. The high school main office is also collecting donations to help the family replace what was lost on Christmas Day.

“They’re kind of in shock right now, in disbelief,” Pomerville explained. “Just glad everyone is safe and immediately we thought what can we do to help. We’re a family here. We look at Waterford-Halfmoon as a family.”

Phillips Hardware store in Waterford is holding an auction on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winners will be drawn on Jan. 2. All proceeds are going to the fire victims.

Clothing sizes are men’s 3X tops and 2x bottoms, women’s 2X tops and bottoms, men’s size 11 boots and sneakers, and women’s 8 1/2 shoes and boots.

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