Students reach out to help classmate
Northport principal Steve Wells and students (front, from let) Robert Colledge, Katie McIlvena and Jonah MacGlashen show some of the items that have been brought in to help a single parent and his son recover from a fire in Tidnish on Tuesday.
NORTHPORT – Students at Northport Elementary are coming together to help one of their own after a fire left a single parent and his son homeless on Tuesday.
Principal Steve Wells said many students are bringing in clothing and extra books and toys for their Grade 1 classmate. Parents have been adding items for the father as well.
“It always amazes me when I see how quickly this community comes together to support each other,” Wells said. “We are a little school with a big heart.”
Wells said students and staff heard the fire trucks early Tuesday afternoon and just assumed there was a nearby grass fire.
“I was shocked to find out it was a home fire,” Wells said.
The fire on the Tidnish Head Road gutted a mobile home leaving the man and his six-year-old son homeless.
Dan Bedell from the Canadian Red Cross said volunteers met with the man on Thursday and provided emergency aid including personal-care kits and blankets and put him in touch with other organizations, including the Salvation Army, to assist with clothing and other items.
Wells said the school is accepting donations for both the child and his dad. He said a family has already contacted him to donate some gift cards from Mark’s Work Warehouse to help the father get some work clothes and personal items.
The family, he said, is staying with relatives in the Amherst area.