Higbee family receives donations from all over country after fire

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, January 01 2018 Jan 1, 2018 Monday, January 01, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST January 01, 2018 in News
By: Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

HIGBEE – A Higbee family has new hope for the New Year after a fire destroyed their home the day after Christmas. People from all over the country have sent donations to the family of seven.

The Dougherty's received enough items to fill up a school bus collecting the gifts at a family friend's house. Furniture, clothes and diapers were just a few of the items donated.

“People have come up from Jefferson City, Ashland, Hannibal, Kirksville,” Bridgett Smith, a close friend with the family, said. “We have people contacting us from Florida wanting to mail donations up. They’re literally coming from everywhere.”

Smith is leading the effort to help the family recover from the fire. She said their children go to school together and their families have been friends for years.

So far, the Smiths have helped raised $3,800 for the Dougherty family.

“That’s help from the churches in Higbee, Sturgeon churches, people hitting the GoFundMe site,” Smith said. 

The school bus in the front yard of the Smith house was packed full of clothing and furniture Monday afternoon. The garage also had donations stacked up, and the house had boxes in the living room from donations received just Monday. 

“We’re really thankful for what everybody has done,” Elizabeth Dougherty said. “The firefighters, not only did they put their life on the line for us, they also donated.”

Dougherty went on to thank her friends and the rest of the community for all of the donations. She said she could not believe so many people had helped them.

“I would just really like to thank everybody,” she said. “My family and I appreciate it. It’s amazing what people will do to help us.”

The Dougherty family said they were told the official cause of the fire was the wood stove power cord shorting out. A fire alarm went off early on the morning of Dec. 26, 2017 that woke up the family. Everyone got out safely, but the fire destroyed the house.

To donate to the Dougherty family, visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/dougherty-fire-recovery.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Boonville woman died after a two car crash on the Missouri River bridge Wednesday morning. Icy... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:36:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C (AP) - President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:07:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (CNN) - Missouri deer hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of venison to food banks and pantries across the... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:02:33 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman was arrested for drug possession after being struck on Highway 40 Tuesday night. Joanna... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:43:01 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who took over the state’s top... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The family of Mengqi Ji, who has been missing since October and is presumed dead, released a statement... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:12:23 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Emergency responders have reported numerous crashes, slide-offs and other incidents related to slick roads Wednesday morning. One... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:50:00 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bernie Sanders faced a torrent of attacks Tuesday night during a raucous debate that tested the Democratic... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:20:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One group of former service men and women is making a difference across the state providing help... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:10:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY - New technology installed by Ameren could provide more responsive service if severe weather comes to Jefferson City.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:45:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia neighborhood watch is still relevant despite social media and sites like Nextdoor. Neighborhood watch programs encourage... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:51:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The American Cancer Society's annual "Stick a Fork in Cancer" campaign welcomes a new restaurant. BluTaco joins... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:34:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe today filed to run for election in 2020. Kehoe has served as... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:12:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia Public Works plow crews are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, to prepare for possible... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 4:54:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY— Tuesday at the Missouri State Capitol, representatives heard testimony from people in regards to a house bill that... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 3:25:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway filed to run for governor on Tuesday. It was... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:26:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- The Civil Rights Movement was a time of racially charged protests and marches. Some activists took to the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:10:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri joined 38 other states in an investigation into Juul Labs on Tuesday. Those states are looking into... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, February 25 2020 Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:59:00 PM CST February 25, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
6pm 33°
7pm 32°
8pm 31°
9pm 30°