Fruita family loses home to fire, but generosity of others saves Christmas



Nathan and Heather Hanvey asked The Daily Sentinel to print this statement:

“Words can’t adequately express all the gratitude we have for the residents of the Grand Valley. We deeply appreciate all the donations given to us by family, friends, businesses, strangers, nonprofit organizations and others. During this tragedy, we have witnessed the reason why we feel blessed to live in this area — the people! Your thoughtfulness and response was beyond anything we could imagine. You helped ease our pain and gave our children a wonderful Christmas. This experience has deeply humbled and strengthened us. Thank you for helping us start a new chapter in our lives!”

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.


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