Odessa Family Receives Donations From Community After Losing Their Home

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - After losing everything they owned in the fire that torched their home, a West Odessa family says they are finding out a lot about the place they call home.

"We've been together 4 years, everything we had through those years we lost in a matter of seconds, and it's just hard," Juan Diaz said.

A West Odessa family is left with nothing but memories after their home burned to the ground.

"All we know is that is started in my baby's room, now it's all gone," Samantha Gonzalez said.
Juan and Samantha came home Saturday night from a birthday party only to find their home completely burned down, with nothing left to save.

"It's been 3 days and I still can't believe it. Just thankful no one was hurt. I'm getting to understand that things can be replaced, it's just hard when you have nowhere to go," Gonzalez said.

Luckily, they haven't had to go it alone. People have stepped forward to help including one woman who knows what it's like to lose everything.

"I lost my house in a fire too I know what the situation is like now every time I see someone in this position it makes me want to help out," Rogelia Gonzalez said.

Rogelia is donating furniture and clothes to the family to help them get back on their feet again. 

For the family, who's only lived in Odessa for a month, seeing people come together to donate says a lot about the place they've chosen to live.

"It's just great to see people help; without even knowing me they donate things they can sell," Gonzalez said.