Family gets new home after fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Family gets new home after fire

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Mid-South family got a new home after fire destroyed their house.

Cashanna Martin, a mother of 7, was in church when her home on West Norwood caught fire.

Thanks to the Mid-South's generosity, the Martin family got an early Christmas gift.

The Martin family was burned out of their home four days before Christmas.

With a hug and a warm heart, Jeff Boone signed a lease with Cashanna Martin so she can live rent free with her family until they get back on their feet.

Martin said, "Everybody just been blessing us.  We got blessings from everywhere." 

She got a blessing before Christmas, but last Sunday it seemed like a nightmare.

Martin's South Memphis home went up in flames destroying all their possessions including Christmas gifts.

No one was hurt, but the mother of seven had no insurance and was stuck in a motel.

That's when calls began coming in offering everything including furniture, food and even a place to stay.

Martin said, "He really helped out.  I don't know him.  He don't know me but he was willing to do what he could to help us so he put a roof over our head and he just helped a whole lot."

One of Martin's sons works at the Cupboard restaurant on Union and they gave the family Christmas dinner and all the fixings.

Evelyn Ferrell with the Cupboard Restaurant said, "Someone works here with us that their house burned during the holidays so we would like to donate the food."

A Mid-South family lost their home, but learned about the love for humanity and the generosity of the Mid-South this holiday season.

Martin said, "You may have lost all that you have but eventually you'll gain it back you'll gain more." 

Cashanna Martin's husband is a painter and so he's going to paint for the property company working as a trade so the family can live in the home rent free until they can get back on their feet.

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