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Community hopes to bring family home for the holidays

Members of an Oklahoma City neighborhood have a goal of placing a family back in its home after a fire left it in near ruins.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: December 8, 2012
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Mayen said the most recent form of assistance came from RDS I, a business that loans large trash containers to individuals and companies. Mayen said the business will loan the trash bin free of charge so the family can begin clearing away the debris from the fire.

Mayen said knowing the Rhoades family for eight years has allowed her to experience their generosity and feel even more compelled to help them.

“When I bought my house, it was a wreck. These neighbors showed up with tools ready to pitch in. They didn't even know me then. These are the kind of people who offer help to strangers. They stop when they see someone's car broken down. I don't know anyone who is more deserving of some help,” Mayen said on her website.

Tommy Hay is president of the RiverPark neighborhood association, where the Rhoades house is located.

“We try to move our community into a positive direction and to help people less fortunate to have a better quality of life. This whole movement was started by Amy. And that is a true neighbor,” Hay said.

Mayen said the Rhoades family needs tools to help them rebuild and supplies to help them get by until they can move back into their home.

To view the supply list or learn more about the family, visit Mayen's blog or her Facebook webpage at www.facebook.com/#!/events/430561760336211/.

Mayen can also be reached at 408-4515 or through emailing her at amyfrisinger@yahoo.com.