Mother, children lose everything in fire

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - A single mom and her two children just lost everything in a fire. Kristina Ray's mobile home burned down a week ago in Cherokee County on the 3400 block of Highway 135 north just outside Jacksonville.

It is a hard concept for children so young to understand. Walking around remains of their home, 3-year-old Sammie and 4-year-old Silas were excited to find some toys untouched by the fire.

"This is a piece of Sammie's game and...this is my game," said Silas. "I loved that."

Children are resilient, but their mom says the fire had a heartbreaking effect on the boys.

"Every morning that they woke up for the first four or five days they asked me, 'Momma, can we go home today,' and I had to tell them that we didn't have a home to go home to go to and they would ask me, 'Is our home still burned up today,' and I had to tell them yes and it was just very sad," said Ray. "It's heartbreaking."

When the fire started, the boys were with their babysitter and Ray was at work. Fire crews rushed to battle the blaze, but most everything was destroyed.

"They had baby blankets that their great grandmother had sewn for them, of course I lost their baby books...all their little artwork and everything," said Ray. "All that's gone."

Ray is still working, trying to finish her last semester of college and remain strong for her boys as they struggle to get through this.

"I've been trying to tell them it'll be okay and half the time Sammie's the one telling me, 'It's going to be okay, Momma. It's going to be okay,'" said Ray.

Ray says she owned the mobile home but did not have insurance. Friends and co-workers have helped her with some clothing needs but what would really help are monetary donations.

If you would like to contribute, you can donate at any Capital One Bank under the Kristina Ray Family Fund.

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