The Staehle family is happy to have a home in time for Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2014 8:02 PM

Dover family no longer homeless for Thanksgiving

DOVER - A Dover mother and her four boys are settling back into their home. Six months ago they were the victims of arson and lost everything in a fire. Now they're ready to get their lives back to normal, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth Staehle is single mother to the her sons. She says finding out the fire was intentionally set made it all worse.

"What concerns me, it seems like each time he's doing it, the situation is getting worse. It was 9pm my kids could've been sleeping," Staehle said.

Eight year old Michael is the oldest of the four boys, he remembers what it was like the night of the fire.

"It was a little scary, but a lot of things good came out of it," Michael said.

Though the family spent the last six months bouncing from shelter to shelter, they've seen a huge outpouring of support from their community.

They're grateful for their landlord who helped get the house ready for them to move back into before thanksgiving. And Friday morning, another holiday surprise knocked on their door.

"I answered the door, some guy out there, he brought me a turkey. And he said here I just wanted to bring this to you. I said ‘Oh thank you!' But how thoughtful is that right before Thanksgiving?" Staehle said.

Anyone interested in helping the Staehle family can make a donation to the Staehle Family Fire Fund at TD Bank.


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