Fire response shows people care
THE Gladstone community has rallied behind a woman and her children who lost everything in a house fire.
Tarshie Ouglitchinin lost all her belongings last Thursday – the home was destroyed in the blaze which police are treating as suspicious.
After appearing in Monday’s edition of The Observer asking for assistance, people were quick to respond with kind-hearted gestures.
Tarshie was overwhelmed with the wonderful response from the public, with donations of goods, furniture, accommodation, clothing, linen, food and cash.
“It’s been amazing; I expected a few bags of clothes,” she said wiping away a few tears.
“Honestly, I want to thank everyone so much, I’m really shocked at the response.
“People were stopping me in the street (on Monday), telling me how sorry they were.”
“People do still care.”
Downer Engineering employees at Boyne Smelter donated a kettle, a toaster and a stereo.
Still to come to terms with the devastating loss, Tarshie spent the weekend with friends and loved ones.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet, I had a little bit of a cry (over the weekend),” she said.
Tarshie has not returned to the house in Barney Point, and is trying to gather the emotional strength for a visit.
“I’ll have to go back in the next couple of days and have a look,” she said.
Anyone wanting to assist Tarshie and the girls can call 0415 557 960.