Gabby Close and her children, from left, Zayd, Harpa, Honey, Tekoa, and Zion.
Gabby Close and her children, from left, Zayd, Harpa, Honey, Tekoa, and Zion. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Tweed family need home after fire

A YOUNG family who lost their home to fire last week have been given almost two storage sheds full of furniture – now all they need is a house to put it in.

Gabby Close and her five children, aged between 12 weeks and seven years old, lost everything last Friday when a house fire ravaged their Tweed Heads home.

And the family are now facing the devastating reality of not having a home from Christmas.

“We have been staying with friends and we’ll be in a motel for five nights but there’s nowhere after that,” Ms Close said.

“It’s impossible to find somewhere because it’s Christmas time.”

“I’m waiting to hear from the Department of Housing, but they haven’t guaranteed anything.”

Ms Close said she does not need a handout, just a long-term rental property.

“Christmas won’t be like a normal year but I’m just hoping they have a house so we can enjoy it,” she said.

Fortunately, the community has opened its heart to the family, lending their support and donating generously.

“I’ve been given heaps of furniture; one storage shed is full and the other’s almost full.”

Ms Close yesterday accepted a large hamper of food and gifts from a group of Tweed mums wanting to help others this Christmas.

Vicki McKenzie from Bunnings at South Tweed and Theresa Kellas from Banora Point Community Baptist Church have set out to help a few families.

Food, household items and children’s presents were donated by Bunnings staff and church attendees.

The ladies will be supplying other deserving families with hampers.

Mr Close said she is overwhelmed and so thankful for everyone’s support.

Donations of items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Centre, Kids In Need and Geoff Provest’s office.

Kids In Need have set up an account for monetary donations.

Name: The Close Family Account.

BSB: 034 234.

Account: 271 853.

For more information or if you can help out with a rental property call Sandy Rogers on 0415 801 947.

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