Fruita family loses home to fire, but generosity of others saves Christmas
While the Hanvey family spent Christmas Eve picking through the remains of their Fruita home after a fire the night before, Grand Valley residents pulled together to give them a Merry Christmas.
And for that support the family wanted to express their gratitude.
Nathan Hanvey, his wife, Heather Hanvey, and Nathan’s two children, Hunter and Avery, returned home the night of Dec. 23 to see the house they rent at 440 Tara Drive on fire.
The ensuing generosity extended to them has been “overwhelming and humbling,” Nathan Hanvey wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Sentinel.
Their neighbors in Fruita offered the family blankets and coffee, and the Hanveys received food, clothing and gift cards from local residents, businesses and nonprofit groups in time for the Dec. 25 holiday.
A homeless man collected canned goods for the family, and a woman gave the children teddy bears that the woman had when she was a child.
Nathan Hanvey’s brother took in the family and their four dogs over the holiday to give them a warm place to sleep.
Avery and Hunter, who spend the majority of their time at their mother’s home, had plenty of donated presents to open Christmas morning.
“We deeply appreciate everything done for us,” Nathan Hanvey said.