Following the double fatal fire in the village of Corinth on Monday the community has rallied to help out the Slimmer family.
I witnessed the giving first hand on Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church.
Volunteers have been working around the clock to make sure the family has everything they need. They have not slept or eaten much since the tragedy.
Piles of clothing, toiletries, food, toys, gift cards and money and the list goes on have come in with overwhelming support.
Other items needed include premade food, utensils, plates and dishes.
Volunteer Sherry Mann said furniture is being donated to the family as well.
Pastor Bonnie Bates said the family can stay in the basement of the church for as long as they need and have access to the kitchen in preparations for Thanksgiving.
Bates said the family is thinking in the immediate future but volunteers are doing the heavy lifting of thinking long term of what the family will need down the road.
"They are a very close family," Bates said. "The children are the politess, but some of the poorest kids in our community."
Eddilyn Dabb of Lake George, who grew up in Corinth, was one of many donating clothes and toys for the children on Tuesday morning.
"This is my hometown. It was awful."
Donations will continue to be accepted at the church and several fundraisers have been established to assist the family.
A GoFundMe fundraiser can be found here to help the family and an annual event Hoops for Holidays scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29 will benefit the family.
An account was also established Tuesday at Hudson River Community Credit Union under the name Jerry Slimmer Sr. Those wishing to make a donation may do so at any branch during regular business hours, according to CEO Sue Commanda.
A prayer vigil for the victims and family is planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Main and Beech streets.