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UPDATE: Communities rally to help homeless Clarksville family

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CLARKSVILLE (KWWL) - Multiple communities have come together to support a Clarksville family that lost everything in a house fire on Monday.

D.W. Huisman, Melanie Boggie and their second-grade son survived the fire, but their home was destroyed.

Fire crews weren't clear where the fire started, but told KWWL Monday they believe it started near a wood-burning stove.

When Tiffanee Clark got word about her friend's home Monday morning, she was in shock.

"My first reaction was to call Melanie and just make sure she was OK and the rest of them were all right," said Clark. 

Clark wanted to help. so she began collecting donations at her home at 414 W. Greene St. in Clarksville.

"I'm happy that a lot of people are helping her," said Clark. "I know they're kind of stressed out about a lot ... They need the support, and I think it's wonderful that everybody is willing to do that for them."

About 13 miles away in Waverly, people at Napa Auto Parts are also collecting donations.

Manager Brian Kaiser says they are not only helping a customer, but a good friend.

"Just amazing that it went out on a Facebook page Monday night and Tuesday morning, seven o'clock, we had people waiting to donate stuff at the door," said Kaiser.

The store had already collected a truckload of clothes, shoes, toiletries and towels for the family, and the store plans to continue to serve as a collection site for the family.

NAPA Auto Parts is located at 213 20th St. NW in Waverly.

Clothing sizes needed are the following:

Men's 32/34 pants, large shirts and size 10 shoes
Women's large/extra-large shirts, size 16 pants, size 11 shoes and a coat
Boys's 12/14 pants, medium shirts, size 3 shoes and a coat

Tonya Poppe, a guidance counselor for the Clarksville Community School District, said Clarksville and its surrounding communities have been rallying behind the family.

"People are really coming together, and it's awesome to see." said Poppe.

She added that school officials have been in close contact with the family and are willing to do whatever they can to help.

An online donation site was also organized by Huisman's sister, Jessica Huisman Patton. In the first few hours, she said people had donated almost $3,000.

To access the Huisman Fire Recovery Fund online, click here.

Additionally, an account has been set up at Security State Bank in Shell Rock and Waverly, where monetary donations can be made to the family.

People who wish to donate to the account need to specify their donation is for the D.W. Huisman fund.

Nikki Newbrough contributed to this story.

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