Newton Falls woman organizes fundraiser for Craig Beach fire victims

Newton Falls woman organizes fundraiser for Craig Beach fire victims

Staff report


A Newton Falls woman whose family lost everything in a 2005 house fire one week before Christmas is helping a Craig Beach family that lost everything in an Aug. 13 house fire.

“Without the help and support we got, we wouldn’t have gotten the house we did. We lost everything,” said Jessica Hampton of Warren Road. “We were able to have clothes, food, things for Christmas.

A friend contacted Hampton shortly after a fire that destroyed two homes on Afton Avenue in Craig Beach, telling her about the Dennis and Connie Musser family and their three children ages 10, 8 and 20 months.

No one was home in the fires, and no was injured.

One week after the fire, the Musser family’s home was torn down. They found a new place in Newton Falls.

But the family needs many things to help recover, and Hampton is organizing a fundraising craft and gift show fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at 175 E. Broad St. in Newton Falls, the former Video Update store, at the corner of state Route 534 and Broad Street.

It will include a 50/50 raffle and other raffles, as well as vendors other events and vendors.

“Our main goal is to make sure the family has little cushion to deal with this,” Hampton said. “Insurance only covers the house and maybe not a lot.”

Hampton has helped with the fundraising for a 7-year-old Howland girl injured in an accident involving a Bobcat loader last year and helped with victims of severe flooding this July in Leavittsburg.

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