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INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land community has reached out to help a local family displaced by fire.
According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Jason and Kimberly Boone had just returned home from eating dinner out with their two young sons late Dec. 11 when they found the roof of their home on fire.
The family’s $60,000 home at 985 Rock Hill Highway was declared a total loss.
Jason Boone said he, his wife and family – which includes a 5-year-old son, a 1-year-old son and another child on the way – are now staying in a hotel, but doing well, all things considered.
“We’ve been taken care of pretty well right now,” he said. “Things will get better. You have to put it behind you.”
Kimberly Boone said she and her family have been overwhelmed by the kindness of the community.
She said help has poured in from all quarters – her son’s school, Indian Land Elementary, as well as from family, friends and Indian Land Rotary Club, Founders Federal Credit Union and South Carolina Bank and Trust.
“We have been so blessed,” Kimberly Boone said. “We have received so much help and I really appreciate it. I feel kind of bad because there’s so many people out there who need the help now more than us.”
Janet Gaglione said for her part, she was moved to help the Boones because she felt it was a tragedy that the disaster occurred so close to Christmas.
To date, the Rotary Club and South Carolina Bank and Trust, where Gaglione works, has raised $565 to buy clothes, personal needs and Christmas presents for the family.
“It sounds like a lot, but when you’re helping people who got out of a fire with nothing but the clothes on their backs, that’s nothing,” Gaglione said. “I think it’s important to give back and take care of those in our community. It’s important to do what you can,” she said.
Gaglione said the Rotary Club and South Carolina Bank and Trust will continue to help the family until they are settled. For details, call Gaglione at 803-835-8922.
Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151