Donations needed to help a family after a recent house fire

Jennifer Michels
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AMHERST - A donation jar is set up at the YMCA to raise money for a family who lost their home to a fire in Amherst.

YMCA employee Loralee Landry has placed a donation jar at the YMCA for the citizens of Amherst to show their support to the Bowser family. About $80 has been raised so far.

"When you lose a lot, every little bit helps," Landry said. Raising the money for the Bowser family is a top priority for Landry.

"I've been close with there family for years," Landry said.

The donation jar was put at the YMCA so that Landry could keep track of the money and because Laura Bowser worked at the YMCA teaching swimming lessons.

"We thought it would be a good spot," Landry said. The jar was placed at the YMCA a week after the Bowser's lost their home.

Everyone made it safely from the house, but unfortunately not much of the Bowser's belongings could be salvaged.

"They didn't lose a lot to fire damage, but to smoke damage," Landry said.

The Bowser's are currently living in the home of friends who Teena Bowser was babysitting for. The Bowser's are looking to rebuild their home this summer.

Landry hopes to raise more money for the Bowser family to help them in their time of need.

"The town has been supportive during this time," Landry said.

Organizations: YMCA

Geographic location: AMHERST

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