LENA -- A family whose home was destroyed in recent house fire is keeping a right perspective on the situation.
"We're all safe and that is all that matters," Tidy Pruitt told The Brazil Times during a telephone interview Thursday. "We're a close knit bunch."
On Saturday, Dec. 13, Tidy, who was home alone, said she woke up to find flames shooting up the bedroom wall and the corner of her bed on fire.
Although many volunteer firefighters from Parke and Clay county fire departments (Bellmore, Bridgeton, Van Buren and Dick Johnson) responded to the four-alarm fire and battled it for more than three hours, they were unable to save Pruitt's two-story home.
Tidy, her boyfriend Ronnie Eaglin and their blended family members, including Kallie Pruitt, 16, Kyle Evans, 14, Tidylou Weese, 13, Dominick Eaglin, 8, and 13-month-old Hannah Pruitt, lost all their possessions.
"We've been staying with my parents, Kenny and Diane Knox, who live across the street from our house," Tidy said. "Or at our (in-laws) Terry and Janet Eaglin's house just down the road."
Tidy said facing such a tragic loss during the holidays hasn't dampened the spirit of the family.
"Its' tough," she said. "But we're family, and we're there for each other."
Items needed to help
The Pruitt/Eaglin family is accepting donations of clothing (especially winter items) and household goods and appliances after a devastating fire destroyed their Lena home on Dec. 13.
Clothing items needed, include:
* Men's clothing size 32/29 pants, 33/29 pants, large and extra-large shirts and size 8 and 8 1/2 shoes,
* women's clothing size 16 pants, size 2X shirts and size 8 1/2 shoes,
* junior girl's clothing size 9 and 7 pants, size medium shirts and size 7 1/2 and 8 shoes,
* boy's clothing size 7 pants and shirts and size 2 shoes, and
* girl's toddler clothing size 24 months, size 5 shoes and size 4 diapers.
Donations may be dropped off at Kenny and Diane Knox's home (across from the burned out home), 10772 East Second St., Lena.
To make arrangements for large drop-offs or ask for more information, contact the family at 812-605-2155 or by mail at 10772 East Back St., Brazil.