Community comes together to help family

CREATED Dec. 18, 2013

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Cudahy bands together to help a family displaced after a house fire

“My one daughter said, 'I smell smoke,' and the next thing I know, I come upstairs and this whole part of the house was on fire," said father, Jerry Jophlin.

Smoke detectors helped Jophlin and his family survive a fire that engulfed the inside of their home Tuesday night. Now, one week before Christmas, the family is staying in a hotel, grateful for their lives and the support they've received.

“My direct family and the community has been outrageous. You can't ask for more," said Jophlin.

But the city thinks Jerry's hardworking family deserves more this holiday season, calling on Cudahy employees and residents to open their hearts and donate clothing, cash, and anything they can to help brighten this family's Christmas.

"This is why I'm the mayor of the greatest city in the state of Wisconsin. Through triumph and tragedy our people come together," said Cudahy Mayor, John Hohenfeldt.

The donations started coming in Wednesday afternoon. A barrel in City Hall has already been emptied once, and there are more donation sites in schools across the city -- pulling together in the season of giving for a family that never saw it coming.

“You just never know when something like this is going to happen," said Jophlin.

If you would like to help the Jophlin family, donations can be brought to the Cudahy Municipal building, 5050 South Lake Drive, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. Any used clothing donated would appreciated.

Children's sizes are: Boys size 6 & 12 and girls size 4t-5t and a 15-year-old girl (size unknown).

Adult sizes are: Women's medium tops and size 8-9 pants. Men's large tops, pant size unknown.

Toys for the children for the holidays and any household items would also be appreciated.