Parachute family seeks aid after mobile home fire
When Ty and Kimberly Bruner, along with their three young children, moved into a mobile home in Parachute it was a dream scenario, said Juanita Williams, Ty’s grandmother.
That dream was dealt a serious blow on May 3, when a fire originating from the old, electric oven left the unit uninhabitable, while ruining most of the possessions inside. Now, family members are seeking any help that members of the community can spare to keep the Bruner family in Parachute.
“It’s a loss. … Even if we could afford to repair it, why would we?” Williams asked, regarding the 1974 unit she and her husband originally purchased as an investment. The couple leased the trailer at a minimal rate to Ty and Kim.
The Bruners are temporarily staying with Ty’s mother, but that situation is already cramped. A GoFundMe.com page — which can be found at http://bit.ly/1Tj4BX7 — was started to help raise money for the down payment on a new mobile home.
While other local fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.com have taken off in the past, donations, so far, have only trickled in. As of Tuesday evening, the amount raised stood at $1,120 of the total $10,000 goal.
Many of the costs are unknown at this point, Williams said. The fire-damaged unit will have to be removed, and if an affordable unit is found it will have to be transported to the lot.
“We’re trying to get them a home that they can get into and afford,” Williams said.
The family also is accepting donated items such as home furnishings for an eventual yard sale fundraiser. The devastation has left everyone in a panicked and unfamiliar situation.
“We have to figure out where to go from here. We just need to raise some money for the kids,” Williams said of her great-grandchildren. “They lost everything.”
The yard sale is being tentatively planned for early June, with more details expected in the coming weeks. Anyone who wishes to donate items for the yard sale should call Williams at 970-618-4525. Williams also said people can contact Kimberly Bruner through Facebook.
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