Metro 'Santa Clauses' Help Norman Family Who Lost Everything In Fire

Monday, November 28th 2011, 8:12 pm
By: News 9

Chris McKinnon, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- People across the metro are coming together to help a Norman family who lost its home in a fire. We first reported on the Zimmermans' story Sunday night, and now the Oklahoma spirit is on display.

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Here at the Moore Norman Technology Institute, students have put together a bunch of donations.

After a fire destroyed their home, the Zimmermans said they wouldn't have a Christmas. But Monday night, they have a different outlook.

"It feels great. 'Cause I mean, I really didn't know what we were gonna be able to do," Zach Zimmerman said.

Donations and support from friends and strangers pour in for the Zimmermans a day after their house went up in flames. All seven of them are now living out of the family van and two motel rooms.

"Different shirts and stuff, a jacket, some couple of different shirts and stuff and some jeans," said Zach. "And then there are some toys for the kids to play with at the motel."

But with the fire still fresh in his head, Zach knows they aren't out of the woods yet.

"I mean I can't even tell my kids where we're gonna be. 'Cause I don't know. I don't know that we're gonna have anywhere to live," Zach said.

But the community has stepped up. People like Adam Graham with the Sydney's Smiles Foundation is helping to replace some of the family's medical equipment and is coordinating efforts to gather clothes for the kids.

"I think they can, might help you. So I just need to figure out what you need," Graham said.

Shay has changed her tune from hopeless to hopeful after seeing all the support and is even looking forward to Christmas.

"There's a lot of Santa Clauses out there. And I appreciate all, everybody that wants to help us. Because now my kids will have Christmas," Shay said.

Click here for more information on how you can help the Zimmermans.