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Stranger helps family who lost everything in apartment fire

Created: 05/17/2014 6:29 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thirteen Albuquerque families lost everything in last week's massive fire at Mountain Run apartments. But one of those families is getting some much needed help to start over from a complete stranger.

Before Saturday, Abbey Boynton had never met DeAndre Jones and his family. But when she heard about their story on the radio, she immediately wanted to help.

"It must be awful to lose everything," Boynton said.

She knew exactly how she could help them.

The 19-year-old college student contacted the family on Facebook and said she had an old bedroom set for their little girl. For now, it's going into this storage shed until they can find a new apartment. It's just furniture, but it means so much more to a family starting from scratch.

"It definitely helps to at least get some clothes in for the babies to at least get us back on our feet," Jones said.

Last week, fire destroyed the apartment Jones' fiancee shared with her two kids. Twelve other families also lost their homes.

When Boynton found out about the fire, the urge to give came naturally.

"My mom and my nana just taught me to give to others and to help out however you can because when other people are in need, do unto others what you would want done to yourself," she said.

With that mindset, Boynton made a huge difference for one family struggling to get back on their feet.

"Abbey, thank you, sunshine. You're helping my princess out so that makes me feel good. So thank you, I appreciate that sunshine," Jones said.

The Red Cross stepped in to help all the families displaced by the fire. The cause is still under investigation.


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