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Gulfport family still struggling 2 weeks after van crashed through home

"They got the wall completely redone. They're still working on the outside, but right now, we're kind of sitting in folding chairs. That makes it a little hard to spend family time," Donna said. (Photo source: WLOX) "They got the wall completely redone. They're still working on the outside, but right now, we're kind of sitting in folding chairs. That makes it a little hard to spend family time," Donna said. (Photo source: WLOX)
They may have lost a lot of material things but the Alexander family is happy to know that they still have each other. (Photo source: WLOX) They may have lost a lot of material things but the Alexander family is happy to know that they still have each other. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It has been two weeks since a Gulfport family of six fell victim to a careless accident that cost them their vehicle and a large part of their home.

Now, the Alexander family is asking for help from those in their community as they continue to pick up the pieces to their broken home.

Donna Alexander, her husband Patrick and their four small children are slowly getting their home back to what it was before they came home to the scene of their minivan wedged into the walls of the bottom floor of their two story apartment.

"They got the wall completely redone. They're still working on the outside, but right now, we're kind of sitting in folding chairs. That makes it a little hard to spend family time," Donna said.

Because three of Donna and Patrick's children are disabled, Donna is unable to work. That leaves Patrick as the family's only source of income. Since the accident, money has been tight.

"It's very stressful," Patrick said. "Between missing work and taking care of them, trying to run everyone where they need to go and keep everybody at work happy, it's a burden."

Donna says after she heard about websites like gofundme.com where people can make donations, she gained a little more hope that her family will finally get the help it needs.

"I've always had a problem with admitting that I need help, but our kids are first priority. I think at this point he needs some help, because it is very stressful on him," Donna said.

They may have lost a lot of material things but the Alexander family is happy to know that they still have each other.

"We appreciate each other more. Our family has gotten a lot closer since all of this. The kids seem to be getting along a lot better. Me and my husband are stronger than ever. I mean, we really pulled through," Donna said. "You don't really realize how much of a small decision you make has an impact on someone else, and I want people to know that every action has a repercussion, and you need to make sure that you're taking other people into consideration when you do stuff, because there's no telling what could have happened."

If you'd like to make a donation to help the Alexander family, the link to their family account is here: http://www.gofundme.com/k0vl64. They say any and all donations are appreciated.

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