Residents across northwest Missouri are helping a family devastated by a Saturday night fire that killed three children and injured two others near Jameson, Mo.
“It’s a small community and we are receiving clothes, sheets and towels,” said Angie Fuller, a family friend.
Donations are being taken to the Pit Stop, 28309 U.S. 69 in Winston, Mo.
Those wishing to contribute money can send donations to BTC Bank, attention Curtis-Uthe Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 35, Gallatin, MO 64640.
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“All the donations — money, checks, cash — going into that account will help pay for the three funerals and other expenses, such as hospital bills,” said Cary Lyn Uthe, a family member.
The family also is asking those making donations to include their names and addresses so they can be thanked at a later date.
The fire killed three children: Jazmin Curtis, 6, Kohnnar Uthe, 2, and Kouper Rhoades, 9 months.
Two other children were injured. Travis Curtis, 10, has been released from Children’s Mercy Hospital. Drake Curtis, 8, remains in critical condition there.
Their uncle, Jordan Curtis, 20, lived at the home and was baby-sitting the children when the blaze started. He was released Monday night from the University of Kansas Hospital.
The family lost everything when the century-old farmhouse they rented burned. Friends and family members are requesting clothes in specific sizes.
For dad Allen Curtis: 34-by-34-inch jeans, large to extra large shirts, size 12 shoes. For his fiancee, Cheyenne Uthe: 11 long junior Wal-Mart jeans or 33-by-35-inch jeans, men’s size 101/2 shoes. For Jordan Curtis, 30-by-32 inch jeans, small to medium shirts and size 101/2 shoes.
For Travis and Drake: youth size 8 regular or 8 husky jeans, youth medium and large shirts, and size 6 and 61/2shoes.