Karla Dewey and her 3-year-old son, Cole, were taking a nap when a fire ripped through their N. Green Street home. Thankfully, both were able to escape unharmed.
The March 13 blaze, however, destroyed the end unit of a row of townhouses.
Out of the five townhouses, volunteer firefighters were able to save four. The family at 40 N. Green St. -- the Dewey family -- lost everything.
Seeing a local family and neighbor in need, the Nazareth community -- and some individuals and businesses from surrounding communities -- came together and donated over $1,700 in gift cards, gift certificates and personal checks.
State Rep. Joe Emrick even dropped off three gift cards for the family.
- Toys, books and clothes for Cole.
- Karla had the opportunity to shop for clothes at My Sister's Closet in Hanover Township.
- A dining room table, a Pack 'N Play, a microwave and four tickets to attend an Iron Pig's game.
- The Nazareth YMCA donated a one-year family membership.
"[Nazareth is] a wonderful small town, filled with generous, kind people who care for their neighbors," said Ben Miller, an Upper Nazareth Township resident who helped spearhead the donation drive. "I've always been proud to be a part of the Nazareth community, there's not too many places like it around anymore."
Miller set up a Facebook page called "Support Nazareth Fire Victims." When a donation was received, Miller updated the Facebook page so the community could see the generosity coming in.
Every time Miller posted an update, Rich Dewey, Karla's husband and a volunteer firefighter with Upper Nazareth Fire Department, commented with an enthusiastic "Thank you!"
Miller presented the donations to the family on April 1.
Print the ticket to the right of this article and bring it with you on April 16. Present it to your server and 10 percent of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated to the Dewey family.
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