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POSTED: February 25, 2007 5:07 a.m.
Fort Stewart and Hinesville residents are rallying support for a military family who lost their possessions in a house fire at Fort Stewart earlier this month.
Liberty County YMCA spokesperson Christina Anthony asked for the soldier and family’s identity to remain anonymous but wanted the community to know ‘there is a need out there. We just want the community’s assistance,” she said.
The soldier is home on mid-tour leave from Iraq and is being sent back Feb. 18, Anthony said.
During the family’s vacation the Army specialist received a phone call notifying him the interior of his on-post house had been engulfed in flames.
“The soldier, his wife and three children returned to Fort Stewart to find that a lifetime of memories and belongings were gone in an instant. All they had left were their possessions in their car,” she said.
Since the fire, family support groups at Fort Stewart have come together to communicate the family’s needs by word of mouth and email messaging.
The YMCA and Operation Homefront have teamed up to collect clothes and other household items. Anthony is the local director for Operation Homefront.
“The military has issued a new house, but they aren’t furnished. The Army is doing its part and their FRG (Family Readiness Group) has taken care of them, we’re just doing it community wise,” Anthony said.  
Support has already been coming in and the couple’s two sons, 3 and 4 years old and three-month old daughter have received clothes. “They’ve been taken care of. They were taken care of first,” Anthony said.
“Now the couple needs to be taken care of,” she said. Anthony said the family needs basic household items and a computer. “Because he is going back to Iraq, she really wants a computer to communicate with him. They are not asking for TVs, they just want the little things that keep you going. Things that you don’t realize are a necessity,” she said.
Fort Stewart spokesperson Dina McKain confirmed that the fire occurred in the new military housing. She said the Army family has stepped up to do help the family and commended local agencies for their assistance. “This is not an isolated incident,” she said. “The community at large always steps up to care of soldiers and families.”
Fort Stewart fire officials would not comment on the fire but said it is under investigation.
Items the family needs:
-Ladies, 13 -14 size pants,
-Men’s 34x34 pants
-Men’s and ladies LG-XLG shirts  
-Personal Computer
-Washer and dryer
-Furniture items
-Kitchen appliances
-Area rugs and curtains
All charitable items can be brought to the Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA. Call Christina Anthony at 368-5395 or email Christinaa@ymcaofcoastalga.org.
 

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