Finley family who lost everything in fire is getting help from community
KENNEWICK, Wash -- Nancy Mendez, her husband Chris, and three children lost everything when their Finley home burned down Thanksgiving Day. Their belongings were not insured.
The family is staying at rental home in Kennewick for the next three months, but they're looking for permanent housing near Finley where their daughter Elizabeth still goes to Riverview High School. They have no clothing or household items. Everything they do have is due to donations from their church, friends and family. They say they're so touched by the people in the Tri-Cities and will pull through.
"We have a temporary place right now for three months...at least to be out of the cold weather which is good, it's bigger than a hotel room," says Nancy Mendez.
Her thirteen year old son, Joseph Mack is also humbled by everyone's kindness. "I'm really thankful about all the donations and that we have a house to live in," says Mack.
Nancy and her daughter need size 18-20 pants and shirts in extra-large sizes. Her husband and son need 34" waist, 34" inseam and 36" waist, 34" inseam pants and extra-large shirts.
An account for anyone wishing to make cash donations has been set up at HAPO Credit Union, account number 2022420 Anyone who wants to donate clothing, furnishings and household items can call Chris at (509) 554-1423.