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Hopkins Co. family pays it forward for Christmas

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Debbie and Chad bringing items to Kelly to help her family after a fire destroyed her home. Debbie and Chad bringing items to Kelly to help her family after a fire destroyed her home.

A fire can devastate a family, but for two families in Hopkins County, fires brought them together. They also ignited the spirit within to remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

It was that perfect little home tucked away on Elva Road until December 2nd.
"Complete shock, I was like that can't be my house and then I was sent a picture. It really was my house," said Kelly Ball-Reynolds.

For Kelly, it was disbelief to learn arson could be the reason for the fire.

"All the furniture and stuff can be replaced, but if I had anything out of that house it would be the baby books," Kelly told 14 News.

Four baby books for her four kids and four Christmases that were up in the air after the house burnt down.

Less than 30 minutes away from Kelly's home, is the home of another Hopkins County family who reached out to 14 News wanting to make a difference for a local family, after they experienced a similar loss themselves.

For Chad and Debbie Boze, losing everything is an all too familiar reality.

"Coming from the loss of my own home back in 07, when I heard about this and when you hear about all of them, it just grabs you," Chad said.

Chad and Debbie decided to pay it forward after family members with young kids gave them some hand me down clothes and said," Happy Thanksgiving. Make somebody's time better."

That's exactly what they did. Syncing up with 14 News and arranging a meeting with Kelly to drop off eight full bags of kids clothing, toys, and appliances just in time for Christmas.

"The giving and because we lost everything, people that don't even know us and come and donated things and give us things. It's overwhelming," Kelly said. 

"Like they always say, God works in mysterious ways," Chad said.

So Kelly loaded up her car, similar to Santa's sled at this point, and went on her way to make Christmas a little brighter for four young minds.

"I know Christmas isn't about toys, gifts and things like that. This is what it's truly about," Kelly said.

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