Karla with her children, who are set to have a good Christmas after their home burned down.
Karla with her children, who are set to have a good Christmas after their home burned down. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Overcome by kindness of strangers

THEY lost their homes in ferocious house fires only days ago but Santa Claus will still find his way to drop off presents to seven little children this year.

And their families couldn’t be more grateful.

On Tuesday, Karla described to The Morning Bulletin how, the day before, she had just moments to gather her children and flee before her family’s Koongal home was gutted by flames.

But yesterday she was overcome by the kindness strangers had shown towards her, husband and their three children, aged five, three and nine months.

“I’m in shock,” Karla said.

“It’s only been two days and everything is happening so quickly. It’s just amazing, it’s been overwhelming.”

Offers of whitegoods, clothes, toys and electrical equipment have been pouring in, as well as donations of gifts for the children for Christmas.

The Koongal family’s home was the second to be razed to the ground in our region this week.

The Connor family also lost everything when the Stanwell home they built with their own hands 28 years ago was left little more than ash and twisted metal.

Yesterday, Dale Connor said they were very grateful for the donations of Christmas gifts for their grandchildren, who lived with them in their home. Everything, including all their gifts, went up in smoke.

For Karla, the generosity of others has helped to give her the strength to continue.

“It’s hard losing everything,” she said.

“Yesterday, I was no good to anyone.

“But with this kind of help, you can see a way through it.

“We’ve had people turning up with bags of toiletries and clothes saying they are so sorry they can’t do more for us.

“We want to say million thank yous to everyone who’s helped us.”

Yesterday, Karla received a Christmas present she didn’t dare hope for, with news Anglicare had found a home for the family to rent for three months.

If you would like to help these two families with donations contact the Salvation Army on 4923 5600.

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