A local church is collecting donations for a family who recently lost its home and belongings in a fire.
Donations of money, clothing and housewares can be dropped off at the West Davenport Free Baptist Church from 2 to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for the Layton family, whose house on county Highway 11 was destroyed by fire on Friday.
“They lost everything,” Pastor Steve Estes said Tuesday.
According to Estes, Jason and Lacey Layton are living in a furnished home with their 7-month-old son, Kale, and 7-year-old daughter, Jasmine. Donations of bedding, light appliances, housewares and clothing, in addition to money, are being accepted by the church, which has set up a fund for the family.
Infant clothing, size 6-9 months, and size 3 diapers; girls’ clothing size 10-12; women’s clothing, junior miss size 13; and men’s 38/30 pants and XL shirts are being sought, Estes said.
Estes said the church will be open to take donations next week at the same times, or by appointment by calling him at 432-7840 or 287-7914.
The church is on Charlotte Creek Road past the West Davenport Post Office. Checks made payable to the church can be mailed to P.O. Box 31, West Davenport, NY 13860.
Estes said the church is taking down the names and addresses of those who make donations so that thank-yous can be sent out, but that donors who wish to remain anonymous may do so. A collection taken at the church’s Sunday service netted about $1,000.
“I was really kind of floored,” Estes said. “They really dug deep.”
Estes described the young couple as hardworking and said that, while the Laytons have found it unsettling to be the subject of so much attention, they are working at rebuilding their lives.
“Today was their anniversary,” Estes said. “I just married them a year ago.”