Red Cross Fire Family Finally Returns Home

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On July 3, Todd and Michelle Collins had reason to celebrate. After more than seven long months of waiting, they got to move back into their Columbia home. When a house fire displaced the Collins family from their home in December, the Red Cross was there to help them get back on their feet.

The Red Cross provided them with lodging and a client assistance card for food, clothing, shoes and essentials such as infant supplies for Todd, Michelle and their kids: Todd, Jr., 3 and Leah, 1.

"We have insurance, but it isn't instant," Todd Collins said. "I really can't tell you how appreciative we are for the Red Cross. It gave us a couple days to try to figure out what to do next. Y'all have done a wonderful job for us." The Collins family has shown their appreciation for the Red Cross by sharing their story at Leadership Columbia and also at the Heroes kick-off.

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