Neighbor leads effort to help family after fire

An effort is under way to help a Stuarts Draft family left homeless after a house fire on Sunday.

Trent and Marie Showalter lost everything in the fire and did not have homeowners insurance. The family of six, including four children ages 15-22, are staying with neighbors Frank and Michelle Annese, who are leading the drive to get the Showalters back on their feet.

“Everything to fit into a house is greatly needed,” said Michelle Annese.

The list of items being sought:

Kitchen supplies: pots, pans, bakeware, baking pans, canning supplies, stock pots, utensils, dish towels

Furniture: dressers, bed frames, mattresses, sheet sets, sofa, chairs, bookcases, kitchen chairs (have a table donated already) desks

Building supplies: windows, doors, flooring, bathroom fixtures, sinks, tub, kitchen cabinets, lighting

Any gift cards or cash donations for the rebuild are greatly appreciated.

To help, contact Michelle Annese at

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at

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