For 25 years, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has been raising money to care for families while their loved ones are being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. And now they need your help to help families who need it most. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop reports.
"If it hadn't have been for this house, and these people, I don't know what I would have done," said Rose Mills, staying at The Chavis House while her brother receives treatment at Doctors Hospital.
Rose Mills shares the same words that more than one thousand family members express every time they come through these doors at The Chavis House.
"You never know when tragedy's going to strike. It has no agenda, it doesn't favor anyone, it can happen to anybody," said Mills.
Just 3 weeks ago, tragedy struck Rose's brother, William, while he was burning a brush pile.
"He spilled the fuel and it went all over his arms and legs, the lighter exploded and oh God it was awful," explains Mills.
Every day, Jo Maypole, CEO of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, sees firsthand how families, like Rose's, benefit from The Chavis House.
"I'm proud. I'm proud of what we do here and I'm proud of the donors that make this happen," said Jo Maypole, CEO of Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.
The Chavis House has 40 beds, provides families with laundry facilities, a full kitchen, donated meals from area organizations, and much more.
"Patients just do better when their families are involved in their care and their healing process and we make that happen here," said Maypole.
"These people here have become like my family almost. They're my family away from my family," said Mills.
Some may pass by this house, which sits tucked behind some trees, and think it's nothing more than bricks and mortar. But ask anyone, like Rose, who lives inside while her brother fights the biggest battle of his life, and she'll tell you how thankful she is that it's much more.
"If anybody can donate and help this place out, they really need to. Because one day you might need them, and you just never know," said Mills.
The Chavis House runs solely on donations. And coming up on Saturday, you can help make a difference. Click on the image for more information.
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