Community supports family torn apart by deadly fire
ASCENSION PARISH- People from Ascension Parish and beyond are opening up their generous hearts this holiday to help a family who lost more than just their home in a deadly fire overnight.
The Siears family of Sorrento stepped into action as soon as they heard the horrific news that two children died. They own The Little Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates caskets to the less fortunate in the community.
"It just breaks my heart," Manager Shae Talamantes said. "I can't imagine what these families go through. Even though we're here and this is what we do, we never get used to it and it never gets easier."
Each casket takes about three days to make and costs more than $1,500 to make.
"I wish there were words I could say to comfort them and make it better," Talamantes said. "All I can do is pray for them. They are in our thoughts and prayers and our craftsmen pour their hearts out into the caskets for them and I hope it brings peace to them."
From the Sorrento warehouse where the caskets are being created to the Darrow Volunteer Fire Station, Chief Peter Roblin is organizing a drop off point for people who want to help. He knew 6-year-old Domonee Elder.
"If we were here on Saturdays or Sundays a lot, he would ask, can I ride my bike," Roblin said. "He was just a loving 6-year-old sweet kid. It hurts."
If you would like to help the family donations are being accepted at the Gonzales Police Department and the Darrow Fire Station.
Here are the children's sizes.
Oldest Girl- Size 16 pants and 12 shirt.
Youngest Girl- Size 12 pants and 10/12 shirt.
Mom- Size 16/18 pants and an Extra large shirt.
The family also needs bedding, air mattresses and blankets.