Family from Explosion Says They're Blessed

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Though they lost everything in a gas explosion that consumed their home, the Medina family says they are truly blessed to have received so much in donations from the Lansing community.

"It's a new start ,a new beginning for us. We have more now than we did in the beginning," said Christine Medina.

The Medina family was given everything from clothes, new toys, furniture and even baby carriers for their newest family member. Four-week-old Isaiah was born 2 weeks after the accident.

Medina says, "We were given so much, some things were duplicates. We had extras to give away."

She took four truck loads of extra items to the Mission and the Salvation Army. A member of the Old Town Main Street Program says the community's generous response was remarkable.

"People came from all over the city. One little girl came and gave her coat. She said it was for the girl that doesn't have a coat anymore," said Brittney Hoszkiw of the Old Town Main Street Program.

The family was given furniture from Christine's delivery doctor's office and was also adopted by UPS and a local fire station for Christmas.

Eric Medina is thankful that he still has the things he considers most precious.

"The things that I need most is family and I got that. Everything else can be replaced," said Eric Medina as he held his four-year-old daughter.

The Medina family now looks forward to moving into their new four bedroom apartment next week.

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