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After Plainfield House Fire, Effort Launched to Help Family

The family even lost Christmas presents that were still under the tree.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
A Plainfield man and his dog were the only ones home when they narrowly escaped a house fire after being roused by a smoke alarm.

But now, the Suchy family has been left without a home — and friends are stepping up to help.

Jonnie Adams Mellen said an effort is under way collect clothing and other essentials for the family, whose home at 131st Street burned early Sunday. 

Items that are needed include clothing, school supplies and gift cards for the son, a freshman at Plainfield North, and daughter, a fourth-grader at Walker's Grove, according to Mellen.

Along with gift cards and school supplies, the following clothing sizes are needed:

Son
  • Shirt - men's medium
  • Pants - 29X32 (34 if possible) pants
  • Shoes - 10.5-11
Mellen said the teen is also a Scout, and could use a Scout shirt, book, neckerchief, slide and other supplies.

Daughter
  • Shirt - size 10-12 or children's large shirt
  • Pants-  size 12 pants
  • Shoes - size 4 

Dad
  • Shirt - size L or XL
  • Pants - 36X30
  • Shoes - 10.5
"The kids lost all of their Christmas gifts that were still under the tree and [the daughter] just had a birthday on Dec. 30th and she lost all of her birthday gifts," Mellen wrote. "The necessities to live are important, but anything for the kids to help put a smile on their faces would be great to help them get through this tough time."

Drop off locations

  • Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 W Lockport St., Plainfield
  • 4524 Oriole Ln., Plainfield (off of Route 59/Theodore and south of Caton Farm Road)
  • 22145 Plymouth Cr., Plainfield, (Lakewood Falls near Weber Road)
  • 2604 Bayberry Ct., Joliet 60435.

Lupe Cortez January 07, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Having lost my home due to a fire last December I know firsthand how devastating it is. What was so comforting was all the donations we received, mostly from complete strangers. I was beyond appreciative! Please help this family, it will be a while before they get back on their feet.
Tammi Boers Watson January 08, 2014 at 12:01 AM
What boy scout troop is the son in? My son (19, eagle scout) or my husband (scout leader, also eagle scout) may have some items.
Chris January 08, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Or, what rank Scout is he? (I've got 3 Scouts.) As for gifts, maybe knowing some of their interests would help.
memccoy January 08, 2014 at 11:35 AM
James is a 1st Class Boy Scout in Plainfield Troop 19. As a scout, he enjoys camping and fishing. He is also a hockey player and Blackhawks fan.
Lauren Chapman January 09, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Is there any deadline as to when you can drop items off? My Leadership group at Plainfield South would love to help out!

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