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Friend holding fundraiser for P.E.I. family after fire destroys home

Daniel Gillis, Mikaela Turner and their two children recently lost everything in a house fire. A Facebook fundraiser has been set up for them, and donations can be made at Facebook.com/donate/427587064386244/
Daniel Gillis, Mikaela Turner and their two children recently lost everything in a house fire. A Facebook fundraiser has been set up for them, and donations can be made at Facebook.com/donate/427587064386244/ - Contributed

A Charlottetown woman wants to help her friend’s family after a fire destroyed their home and everything they own.

Alicia Roberts said the July 4 Marshfield fire burned a three-unit apartment building to the ground and displaced nine people, including her friend, Mikaela Turner, Turner’s husband, Daniel Gillis, their six-year-old daughter and their two-year-old son.

The three-unit apartment building in Marshfield where Mikaela Turner, Daniel Gillis and their two children lived burned down on July 4.
The three-unit apartment building in Marshfield where Mikaela Turner, Daniel Gillis and their two children lived burned down on July 4.

Grief-stricken for her friend, Roberts gathered a few items for the family but knew it wasn’t enough.

She then turned to Islanders by starting a Facebook fundraiser to see if they could help and has been pleased with the donations that have been coming in so far.

“We’re a small, little Island and people have a lot of sympathy, so it’s a good way to come together as a community and help a family in their time of need.”

The family is currently staying in a temporary location until they can sort everything out, Roberts said, adding they’re doing “OK”.

“She’s calling it a grieving process,” she said about Turner, adding the family is dealing with the loss of everything from Christmas decorations to the locks of hair from the children’s first haircuts.

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Roberts said it’s important to show support during times like these and said she doesn’t want the family to feel alone.

“You can’t ever replace some of the stuff that you lose, but if you know that there’s hope, it helps you along.”

Along with a donation account set up on Facebook, Roberts started a 50/50 draw, with proceeds going to the family.

For more information or to donate, click here.

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