Donations needed for fire victims 11.18.09

Written by David Green.

A house fire on Ridgeville Road over the weekend completely destroyed the Tom and Mary Roller house and its contents. The Rollers and their two children Danny, 17 and Melissa, 15, are in need of donations of clothing and household items.

The family has found a rental house, but will need beds, furniture, blankets, towels, linens and other household items.

The Rollers are also in need of clothes. Tom and Danny wear men’s 29 waist jeans and medium and large shirts. Melissa wears size 7/8 jeans and medium tops. Mary, who is very petite, wears a small top.

Donations may be dropped off at the home of Nikki Mapes, 8845 Packard Rd. in Morenci, or call 517/458-2070 to make arrangements for pick up.

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