Sellars' Family Rebuild

For: The Sellars' Family
Organizer: Georgia Family Members
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 50 donors
44% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 5:45pm, emergency response crews were dispatched to respond to a residential fire that broke out on Villa Road in Springfield, Ohio.

Thankfully, the Sellars family were not at home at the time of the blaze. The family of 5 found out about the fire while at their teen daughter's softball game. They came upon a scene of complete destruction.

Fire crews worked through the night putting out the flames, and neighbors searched the surrounding area for the family dog. Additional crews had to be called in from German Township to aid the Moorefield Township Fire Department since fire, heat and smoke were so widespread that internal access was impossible. The following Wednesday afternoon the fire department had to return two more times to put out additional incipient fires. 750,000 gallons of water were used to put out the fully-involved fire. After the last of the flames were extinguished, the Sellars found out that their beloved Lab, Sugar, had perished inside the house.

It is not only difficult to hear about family hardship from afar, but it's also difficult to provide support to your family in a practical way when you live several states away from each other. Please help me in contributing to that effort. Any small contribution will add up!

Funds will go directly to the Sellars family, and they will receive EVERY penny of your donation. We all face difficult times; how wonderful to know we don't have to face them alone. Thank you for your donation.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 1, 2013

Posted on July 1, 2013

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or a multifamily home, can cause extensive damage. Anyone that has ever experienced a serious house fire knows that recovery is far from easy. The actual fire is just the beginning; necessary post-fire processes (such as cataloging your personal belongings) not only cause emotional stress but take a lot of time and physical effort. Although the Sellars' are now out of the hotel and in temporary housing, there is still much to be done.

The help and compassion from family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and complete strangers has been a source of both support and encouragement for the Sellars' Family. Since this site has continued to receive kind messages and incredibly charitable donations (from all over the United States!!) we have decided to extend the donation deadline. It's a long and bumpy road to travel, thank you for supporting our efforts to make this journey a bit smoother for the Sellars' Family! 

Posted on June 27, 2013

Posted on June 27, 2013

The Sellars' are finally packing their stuff up, moving out of the hotel and into an apartment that is close to where the rebuild will take place. The house on Villa should be torn down at some point in the later part of next week. Yay for the Sellars' Family!!!

Posted on June 21, 2013

Posted on June 21, 2013

Although the Sellars' are still residing in a hotel room, they are carrying on with their lives and giving back to the community that has offered them so much support.

On June 11, the Sellars' family volunteered with Concord Hospitality and Catholic Charities for a Feed the Children Fundraiser. 400+ families were helped that Tuesday by several volunteers. The groups got together to supply boxes full of non-perishable food and hygiene products to those in need. Pictures of Mark Sellars and Olivia Sellars helping at the event are in our gallery!

"A new study released this week by Feeding America found 16.1 percent, or 22,340 people, in Clark County are “food insecure,” or at risk of going hungry. In Champaign County, 14.6 percent, or 5,870 people, face the same issue. Many of them don’t qualify for federal nutrition programs and must rely on charitable assistance to meet the meal gap, according to the study." - Springfield News Sun

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