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06/16/05

Gulfport Family Needs Your Help

"We had just gone on vacation and we took everything out of our savings for vacation, so we don't have anything left," said Jodi Waller of Orange Grove.

Last Thursday, The Waller's family home went up in flames.

"My husband was actually born and raised here in this house, this is his childhood home so it really hard on him," said Waller.

Jodi says the fire started in the laundry room, leaving this family of four and their pets with no place to call home.

"It's just hard knowing that you have to start over and we don't have anything to start with," said Waller.

Starting over will be hard. The Waller's trailer has been condemned and most of what they own is in a pile of debris.

"I'm just really thankful that we weren't at home asleep, it wasn't night time. I don't know if we would have woken up in time," said Waller.

Right now the family is staying in a two bedroom apartment with Jodi's mother.

"Our main thing is trying to come up with enough money for a down payment on a trailer.We just got to have some place to stay.We don't have the money for a down payment or a deposit," said Waller.

Jodi says her children are the ones who really don't understand.

"We don't have anything left. I guess that the hardest thing not be able to tell my children when they will have a place of their own," said Waller.

If you would like to help the Waller family, you can make a donation at any branch of Hancock Bank.

By Ontario Richardson

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