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      The community comes together

      The community is coming together to show support for a local family that has lost so much. The Williams family of Harris Township lost their eight-year-old son, Nelson, and their mobile home in a fire last Friday.

      A Facebook page was created that very night to help organize charitable efforts of the community.

      Neighbor Melissa Kleiman was able to offer the Williams family a house to stay in as long as needed.

      â??I knew we had a place that we could offer them to stay, and I knew that was the key thing for them,â?? said Kleiman. â??It was just somewhere to stay to be comfortable with each other.â??

      With the help of community members and local businesses, the house is filled with furniture, clothing, food and the daily essentials.

      â??We set it up like a home, as far as every little detail down to pictures on the walls and on the end tables,â?? Kleiman said. â??So, when they walked in, they felt like they were coming home.â??

      On top of collecting physical items, the family needed to fill a home. The community came together to collect monetary donations through drives and events.

      D & M Subs has a change jar out and is matching 100 percent of the donations, $500 was collected during an Ugly Christmas Sweater party held at the Elks Lodge in Escanaba and Pet Place has been a donations drop-off location during the past week.

      As the family settles into their new house, organizers want the community to know the Williams family is not in need of any more physical items. However, if you still wish to offer monetary donations, there is an account set up at the Escanaba Delta County Credit Union or there is a college fund for Hailey at Edward Jones Investments.

      â??Them not having to worry about where they're going to go, if they have heat and having to do any kind of shopping for anything,â?? said Melanie Campbell, organizer. â??The focus is off of the material things. The healing process, now they can begin that.â??

      For more information and how you can help, visit the Facebook page .