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Donation Site Helps Family Of 13 After Fire

Posted On April 09, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Holly (far left) and Jason Wessell (far right) with their children. provided

Holly (far left) and Jason Wessell (far right) with their children.
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(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Friends and relatives are trying to help out a family of 13 whose home was badly damaged by a fire recently.

The home of Jason and Holly Wessell was the scene of a fire in Dearborn County’s Hogan Township on Thursday, April 3. While nobody was hurt and the home was not a complete loss, the structure and many of the family’s belongings inside were damaged, said Hogan Township Fire Department Chief Ed Opp.

The couple has 11 children. Six of them are their own and five more have been adopted.

Firefighters take on the house fire on Shawnee Drive in Hogan Township, Dearborn County on Thursday, April 3. Diane Cull

Firefighters take on the house fire on Shawnee Drive in Hogan Township, Dearborn County on Thursday, April 3.
Diane Cull

While the Southeastern Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross was offering temporary assistance, family and friends have organized an effort to help the Wessells bounce back long-term. An online donation drive has been set up at www.GoFundMe.com, where donations as little as $1 can be made.

The donation site created by Holly Wessell’s sister, Kelly Self, has a $10,000 goal. As of Wednesday morning, donations of $4,195 have been made.

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