New Bedford Family Loses Everything After Devastating Apartment Fire [HOLIDAY WISH]
Holiday Wish 2022 has been filled with incredibly touching moments as Michael and Maddie and United Way of Greater New Bedford continue to help local families that have had a rough year. The community has rallied around these families, providing hope to people who need it most.
For our fourth family of the week, we head to New Bedford where the Harringtons are looking to rebuild after a devastating house fire.
The Harrington's Story
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Hannah Harrington and her family woke up in their first-floor apartment to the smell of smoke. With no sign of fire in sight, she ran up to the second floor to alert her 94-year-old neighbor.
After doing a quick evaluation of the building, Hannah's husband, Justin, noticed a large amount of smoke in the third-floor apartment. The Harringtons, along with their two children, their cats and their elderly neighbor, quickly evacuated the building as it went up in flames.
The Harringtons lost virtually everything they own, mainly due to the water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing the flames in the apartment above.
While they are grateful to be alive and unharmed, the Harringtons feel hopeless, with no home, no furniture and no clothes.
How to Help
Hannah and Justin have two children, 2-year-old Michael and 7-month-old Vivian. With the holidays coming up, Mom and Dad are stressed and worried.
"Every child deserves a Christmas and I can't provide that for my children right now and that is the biggest thing that is breaking my heart," Hannah said.
Christmas gifts would help this family tremendously. Michael loves Spider-Man and Vivian could use baby clothes, sizes 6 to 9 months, and diapers, size 3 and up.
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