LIMA — It was a fairly typical day. Rosetta had some morning errands to run and stopped back at home to pick up some paperwork before heading on to a doctor’s appointment. It was at that moment her world was turned upside down.
Upon entering the house, Rosetta immediately smelled smoke. When she opened an interior door inside the home “there were flames everywhere,” she recalls nearly a year later. She ran from the burning home and screamed for patrons at a nearby business to call 9-1-1 for help.
Her home was a total loss. Fortunately no one was home at the time of the fire. Her son, now 17, was at school, as were her two grandchildren who also live with her.
“It was pretty bad, but at least everybody was safe,” Rosetta said. “I lost a lot of memories, including things from my husband who had passed on some years ago. I had one family photo left, and it was burned around the edges. But you can replace material things.”
Agencies like the Salvation Army and Red Cross stepped up to help Rosetta and her family following the fire, and she has never forgotten that help.
“The Salvation Army has been so gracious. I couldn’t ask for any better organization that that. And the community has come together to help us out as well. It’s going to be a long journey, but we’ll make it.”
Rosetta and her son and two grandchildren have bounced around over the past 12 months, living in four different motels and one apartment while the family home is being rebuilt. Times have been difficult, but Rosetta leans heavily on her faith when times are at their toughest.
“Do we need help? Absolutely. But I believe in God and trust him to take care of everything. Paying the bills has been a struggle but the community has assisted us, and we’re very grateful,” she said.
As Christmastime approaches, Rosetta is concerned primarily about her 3-year-old grandson and 2-year-old granddaughter. The little boy loves Paw Patrol and could use clothing in size 4T/5T. Rosetta’s granddaughter “loves Minnie Mouse” and is a size 2T/3T. Her 17-year-old son wears size 32 pants and a medium shirt.
The family could move into their new home as early as January, and household items will be needed at that time. But for now Rosetta is focused on the youngest members of the home.
“I could care less about myself, as long as the kids get what they need.”