Family of nine counts blessings after losing home to fire

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (KLFY) – A family of nine will have fewer material possessions this holiday season after losing their home in a fire Friday afternoon, they say they’re thankful to have each other.

“We get to tell our kids ‘look how fortunate we are, we have a lot.’ Look to your left, look to your right, if one of those kids would be missing, wouldn’t be here, how tragic would that be, and we have that.” Travis Groefsema told KLFY’s Lydia Magallanes

The house the Groefsema family has lived in for nine years was engulfed in flames.

The family says the fire started in a workshop in the back of the garage and spread to the house after burning through a canopy connecting the two buildings.

Travis Groefsema has made several additions to their home over the years including a new kitchen for his wife:

“She was looking forward to cooking in her new kitchen for the holidays, thank goodness we had Thanksgiving. My cousin and I built her dream kitchen and we don’t have it anymore, but again I believe that we are blessed and the Lord allows things to happen for a reason.”

Family, friends and neighbors overwhelmed the Groefsema’s with support after the fire, from donations to hugs and words of encouragement.

The Groefsema’s may not have a lot for Christmas this year, but they have more blessings than they can count.

Donations for the family can be dropped off at any of these three locations:
Clothing sizes for the family are as follows:
Adult Male: Pants Size: 34 / Shirt Size: Large / Shoe Size: 11.5
Adult Female: Pants Size: 6 or 8 / Shirt Size: Small or Medium / Shoe Size: 8
17 y/o Daughter: Pants Size: 0 or 4 / Shirt Size: Extra Small / Shoe Size: 9
16 y/o Daughter: Pants Size: 0 or 4 / Shirt Size: Extra Small / Shoe Size: 7.5 or 8
14 y/o Son: Pants Size: 16 / Shirt Size: Youth XLarge / Shoe Size: 11
12 y/o Son: Pants Size: 12 / Shirt Size: Youth Large / Shoe Size: 9
10 y/o Son: Pants Size: 10 or 12 / Shirt Size: Youth Medium / Shoe Size: 4.5 or 5
9 y/o Son: Pants Size: 7 / Shirt Size: Youth Small / Shoe Size: 1.5 or 2
7 y/o Son: Pants Size: 7 / Shirt Size: Youth Small / Shoe Size: Youth 13

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