ZEBULON, N.C. (WTVD) — A family with two young children lost everything to a fire, but they are getting help from family, friends and complete strangers thanks to a fundraising website that went viral overnight.
The goal was $400. But, more than $10,000 has been raised for the family.
On Feb. 11, an electrical fire swept through Allison Stancil’s Zebulon home. She, her husband, and their two children all survived, but they lost everything else.
With the house a total loss, Stancil’s sister-in-law wanted to help, and that is when Leslie Pope-Perry got the idea to turn to a site called “Go Fund Me.”
So she set up a page for the Stancil family.
“I set up a goal of $400, I just wanted to be able to have my friends, or colleagues donate and just have some money to give to them,” Pope-Perry said.
However, the call for help quickly generated a huge response, far exceeding her expectations.
“We shot for $400 and within a day we had almost $9,000 raised,” Pope-Perry said.
It is money that is helping the Stancils buy basic necessities right now, but more than that, it is acts of kindness that have deeply touched the family.
“That’s really what’s gotten us through this, it really is, and I just struggle with how to say thank you, because it’s just not enough,” Stancil said.
The family is still working with the insurance company, but once that is all sorted out, they do plan to tear down what is left of the house and rebuild in the exact same spot.