A family that lost so much is getting a new place to call home. The Duran's lost everything in a November house fire in Tahoka. Tragically, their 8-year old daughter Laela Marie couldn't escape and was killed.
The community has assembled a committee that has formed "Butterfly Blessings of Laela Marie." Butterflies were one of Laela's favorite things. Her mother Sylvia said that she would draw them everywhere. Therefore, when it came time to name the project, the choice was obvious. Sylvia says the project is a blessing from Leala.
"It's overwhelming - there's no words to describe it. All these people that are helping us are a godsend," Duran said.
The project is building the Durans a home in Tahoka on Avenue K and South 3rd Street. Project Coordinator Steve Bonner said the seed was planted for the project back in November, but it's really started sprouting in recent weeks. He says there will be meeting Sunday night to decide on a timeline for the project.
"We're at the stage where we have all of this coming together and now we have to make some decisions and move forward... I'm hoping that we start pouring the foundation next Sunday," Bonner said.
The family and the committee have been blown away by the support from the community. Numerous companies have come forward to donate materials and services. The land that the home will be built on was donated. The family was given seven floor plans to choose from by Betenbough Homes. C&M Plumbing, Moen, Quorum Lighting, Noltex Truss and General Steel are the companies that have officially committed to the project thus far.
Tahoka mayor John Baker said this says a lot about the community of Tahoka.
"Tahoka's a family. You may not all live in the same house, but it's still a family... I think Laela is looking down on us and smiling, that's the exciting part, she's smiling down on her family," Baker said.
Bonner said they are excited to get the family into their new home and are trying to move quickly.
"We're loving on our neighbors and we're trying to be the hands and feet of Jesus," Bonnor told us.
Although the project has received a tremendous amount of support thus far, they are still in need of donations. If you are interested in donating you can go to The First National Bank in Tahoka or the First Bank and Trust.
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