Last summer the Micklo family lost everything. After the community helped put them back on their feet, they couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
With the house gone and the family in disrepair, the community sprung into action.
Within days of the unexplained fire children in the area had set up lemonade stands that netted the family nearly $2,000, neighbors donated goods and local restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and Cici’s Pizza held fundraisers to help the family through their hard time.
That was last June. The Micklo family moved back into their home on March 13 on the same plot of land where they lost everything but the family car and the clothes on their backs.
The outpouring from the community was a big reason for their commitment to stay where tragedy struck.
“Everybody in the neighborhood was so amazing with helping us,” said Erin Micklo. “There was a fund set up and people donated clothing and gift cards and books for the kids, it was amazing.”
The fire, which started in the basement and eventually worked itself to the back porch where it exploded two propane tanks, effectively took everything with it.
That left the family with a lot to replace. From utensils to couches to beds and toys.
Those voids were easy to fill. However, it was the memories that will be most missed.
“The fire was so bad that no one could go in the house afterwards,” said Erin Micklo. “We couldn’t get in to find things like photo albums, home movies, my wedding dress. It was all gone.”
Through it all, the Micklo family knows that those in the area have had their backs. Without them the rebuilding process would have been even harder.
“This all would have been nearly impossible without everyone’s help,” said Kevin Micklo. “The church, the school districts, everyone was just absolutely amazing, we’re very grateful.”