— On Jan. 16 a fire occurred at 1457 Woodcrest Lane in the The Hideout, Lake Ariel, and was a total loss. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and the neighbor had rescued the family's dog from the back porch.
The residence was occupied by Tiffany Jack-Smales, her five children, and a teenage family friend.
Community agencies, family and friends have been rallying around Tiffany and her children with support. A benefit account has been set up at Honesdale National Bank. Donations can be made there to the Tiffany Jack-Smales Benefit Fund.
The Western Wayne Alumni Disaster Relief has a PayPal account to submit monetary donations as well. Sign on to PayPal, send money to WesternWayneAlumni@gmail.com and be sure type Tiffany Jack in the memo.
There will be a benefit fundraiser that includes a spaghetti dinner, basket raffle and 50/50 at Bennoccos in Hamlin on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.
Contact Emily Podunajec or Amanda Knickerbocker about clothing and household donations.
For further information join the group on Facebook: Tiffany Jack and family Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser/Benefit.
The family is thankful to all who have provided support and encouragement during their time of need.
The family's greatest need in the weeks ahead is finding a new home in the Western Wayne School District suitable for a family of 7, with two boys ages 2 and 6, and three girls ages 4, 9 and 12.