VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — One week after a fire tore through a Virginia Beach mobile home, hurting three kids, the community stepped up to make sure the family had a merry Christmas.
The mother of the three children, Alyssa Pentz, tells 10 On Your Side that five-year-old Jaxson and two- year-old Aurora Pentz are still recovering. The children are at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.
Burns cover more than 20 percent of their bodies, specifically on their feet, legs and back.
Pentz says both children are sedated as they await surgery next week. The doctors say they do not have nerve damage and should make a full recovery.
The oldest child, seven-year-old Kaira Pentz, was released from the hospital a few days before Christmas.
Monica Davis, her grandmother, says it was a hard decision, but the family felt it was best to allow Kaira to come home for the holidays. Davis says in the midst of this tragedy, several people decided to start a donation drive for the family.
So, on Christmas day, Kaira spent the day opening donated toys and clothes.
“Kaira was an only child for a day. She had a lot of L.O.L. dolls. We’ve had a lot of donations from it seems like everybody. She had quite a few gifts. That part was really good! It took her mind off of everything,” explained Davis. “There was enough toys to go to different houses. So, where ever she ended up she was opening presents galore. It was great.”
The Destiny Foundation Inc. received dozens of donations for the family over the weekend.
“I saw it on the news. It was just like my heart sank. I knew that something had to be done. God put it on my heart to act,” explained Chiniqua Radford, Founder of the Destiny Foundation Inc.
Radford says seeing Kaira’s smile made it all worth it.
“It brought tears to my eyes. Just to know that we made a difference. In spite of everything that’s going on she could still smile,” said Radford.
Davis wants people to continue to support the parents Alyssa and Steve during this time.
“They carry a lot of guilt right now. They just feel like they could have done more but in that situation. What do you do? There was so much smoke,” Davis said.
The family of five is hopeful they will spend Christmas together next year.
“Our faith is very strong we believe the kids will be home for next Christmas. It’s just a horrible process to walk through,” Davis said.
If you would like to help the family:
Contact the family church: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the Destiny Foundation: 757-790-5916.