Christmas Fire Victims Receive Community's Support
Ruby Stanfield helps family recover by asking for donations via email database.
The Schweighardt family continues to receive support and assistance from local families and neighbors after their house was severely damaged by a fire Christmas night.
The family has received donations from people throughout the township, according to an article on NorthJersey.com.
"We're completely overwhelmed. We just can't ... there are no words to express how we feel," Carol Schweighardt told the website.
The fire gutted the Beechwood Drive home. Police said fire appeared to have started on the back deck where a plastic bucket of hot ashes seemed to catch on fire and ignite the blaze. Homeowners Chris and Carol Schweighardt were not at home when the fire occurred.
The family could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Ruby Stanfield, a travel agent in town, immediately sprang into action when she heard of the fire. She sent an e-mail out to thousands of people who subscribe to her electronic newsletters and asked for donations. (Stanfield also posts e-mails she sends out on a blog on Wayne Patch.)
It is not the first time this year residents have rallied to help a family in need. Several fundraisers have been held to help support Police Officer Bob Franco.
Mayor Chris Vergano highlighted the very giving nature of Wayne residents during his State of the Township speech Wednesday night.
“When the going gets tough and our neighbors are in need our residents respond in an unbelievable way, Vergano said. “This is what makes our town very special.”