Debbie lived through terrible hardships after a fire consumed her family’s home, and now she spends her days ensuring that her neighbors have the same necessities for living a healthy and enjoyable life, that she and her family once lacked.
On December 16th 1980, Debbie came home from her husband’s birthday dinner to find numerous fire trucks and emergency vehicles. She stood in front of the home they were renting with her three children who were 9, 6 and 3 and watched their home burn. They had no renters insurance and all they had left were the clothes on their backs and 2 older vehicles.
The outpouring of love from family, friends and strangers overwhelmed Debbie. With only 9 days left until Christmas generous people took gifts from under their tree and put tags on them for her children.They were given bags of used clothing. Debbie’s husband was a Pastor and a local minister took 5 suits out of his closet and gave them to her husband. Their lives were totally changed – they no longer had a home but were able to stay with both of their parents for the next few months while they tried to regroup.
Debbie said, “That fire made me what I am today”. As soon as she had more than the bare minimum, Debbie began giving back to the community.
She started with a single closet in the back of her church, dedicated to storing and distributing basic necessaries to those in need. Last year, Debbie’s son David gave her the best present of her life, made possible through the success of his company New Home Star.
David ensured the future of his mother’s dream by founding a fully functional and dedicated charity in his mother’s name. Now Debbie’s Closet has the capabilities of helping people and families in need by supplying them with life’s essentials until they can make it on their own.
With your help, Debbie’s Closet can continue supporting people who have hit a hard time at this high caliber for many years to come. We all need a helping hand once in a while.