Adventist church assists fire victims

Vann Webb stands in the doorway of his burnt-out home last week. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

The Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church has come to the aid of a family whose Cruz Lane home was destroyed by fire late last month.

Five people were left homeless after the fire ripped through their timber-framed houses in central George Town in a suspected arson attack.

As part of its community service response, the church board moved to assist the family. Samantha Bodden and her two children, ages 11 and 6, received clothing and a gift certificate for a local supermarket on Sunday, Aug. 7. The church team also held a prayer session for the family.

Speaking on behalf of the Kings Community Services team, Stephanie Jackson said the children’s great-grandmother, Emily Bodden, was a member of Kings Church.

Mrs. Jackson said the church is willing to assist in all emergency cases in the community that the church serves.

The family, which is receiving help from a number of donors, has been relocated to government-assisted housing in West Bay.

Mrs. Jackson said that the task ahead for the family is to rebuild their home, adding that church members are ready to assist with labor whenever the family acquires the necessary materials.

Sally Bodden, Samantha’s mother, said, “I thank everyone for what they have done to assist my daughter and grandchildren.”

Anyone who would like to assist can call Matthew Leslie on 917-3027.