WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren family that suffered a great loss just a few months ago is being given a new place to call home, all thanks to the community.
On Thursday, Team Sanders, Inc., the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and volunteers gave the Washington family a new home on Mason Street, plus presents for the 10 children under their care. It is all part of “Project Impact: Home for Christmas,” according to the volunteers.
The home was part of the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s land bank — homes that are usually stripped and are being resold at low prices.
In addition to his own kids, Freddie Washington is taking care of his sister’s two children, after she was murdered this fall. Washington’s sister, Teresa Hunter was found shot to death at the Riverview Motel back in October.
William Fambro, 44, of Warren has been charged in Hunter’s death and remains in jail awaiting a court hearing.
“I don’t even know how these kids deal with the things they’ve been going through these last couple months, and to put a smile on their face… around Christmas, they can kind of put all those other feelings to the side and just enjoy the moment,” said Kiisha Sanders, executive director of Team Sanders.
Freddie Washington said he was touched by the gesture.
“Seeing them walk in there was… it put a big smile on my face, and I haven’t smiled for awhile, but that made me smile,” he said.
Even though the family was given the house on Thursday, there are still a couple of repairs that need to be made before they move in, like installing a furnace and fixing the bathroom.
Those who would like to help with those repairs can contact Team Sanders, Inc. at 330-647-1544 or email@example.com.