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Dec 18, 2015 2:50 PM

Hampstead family feels 'lucky' after fire destroys their home; donations up to $90,000


HAMPSTEAD - "Speechless" and "lucky" are two words that Kate Ward uses to describe how she feels after a fire destroyed her childhood home as the community rallied to support to her family in myriad ways.

READ: Community has raised $37,000 for Hampstead family days after their home went up in flames

"I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the extent of this social media campaign, the gracious news coverage, the caroling plan, the drive at the fire department, etc. etc.," she wrote in a Facebook post.

In just four days, two GoFundMe pages set up to benefit the Wards have raised just over $90,000, with roughly 1,300 people contributing.

UPDATE: Julian Edelman tweets for help, community donations pass $70,000 mark for Hampton family

One has collected more than $75,000. And another has collected just less than $15,000.

Sunday's fire was so fierce, it destroyed most of the house within 30 minutes. No one was at home when the house caught fire, but the family lost a lifetime of mementos.

"But lost paintings, framed pictures, kids’ artwork and comfy couches aren’t what made it a home," Kate Ward said.

"I appreciate this community and how they have used THEIR precious time around the busy holiday season to pick my family up, place us on your backs, and carry us through, yet again, another series of crazy events. The support—emotional, social, financial—is all just is overwhelming. I am speechless.

"And I am so lucky. Lucky to still have two brothers and a dad alive, and lucky to be on the receiving end of the generosity of the most wonderful community. Lucky to have lost a house, but not a home," she continues.

Her father John Ward has also expressed his gratitude to the community.

"My children have suffered loss, though they have experienced tremendous love and support that will stick with them for a lifetime. It will make them even greater people going forward...they will be looking for opportunities everyday, just as I will, to love and support others," he wrote.

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