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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A family whose home went up in flames on Friday says they could now be put out on the street because the organization that came to their aid can’t help any longer.

"The Red Cross came and they put us up into sleep inn until today and we have nowhere else to go,” said Connie Arnold.

Tuesday morning the Arnolds say that they were notified by the Red Cross that they would no longer pay hotel rooms for the family of nine.

"It's pretty scary not knowing where you're going to lay your head at night,” said Michael Arnold. “It’s not just me but mainly my kids, because that's our world is our kids, and we're trying to keep them in a stable place."

“The Red Cross gave us numbers for the United Way to contact and you call them and they give you these numbers to another contact and they say they have no funds,” said Connie Arnold.

According to a Red Cross spokesman says that they are still helping the Arnolds get back on their feet, but it’s up to the family how quickly they find a new place.

"One of the services we offer is first month’s rent and security deposit,” said Red Cross spokeswoman Autumn Mihm. “It's up to the clients to find the place that they want to live in and help with that paperwork and we can arrange for that as well."

Still the Arnolds maintain that the short term future isn’t very bright. Though they have had people offer them a place to stay the nine member family doesn't want to separate.

"We will be sleeping in our vehicles until we can find a place,” said Connie Arnold. "We have nowhere else to go."

A fund has been set up to help the Arnold family at Wells Fargo. To contribute to the Arnold Family Fire Fund, contact any Wells Fargo branch in Wilmington.

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FIRE

IT AMAZES ME HOW THE HOSPITAL COLLECTS SO MUCH MONEY TO THE REDCROSSS AND SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE DO THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME IVE HEARD OF HOW REDCROSS DOESNT HAVE THE MONEY MY SISTERS HOUSE BURN DOWN AND THEY DIDNT DO NOTHING FOR HER AND HER KIDS WONDER HOW MUCH MONEY THE EMPLOYEES AT REDCROSSS GET PAID EVEN THE SALVATION ARMY THEY COLLECT SO MUCH MONEY FROM PEOPLE BUT WILL ONLY GIVE U USED CLOTHS AND OUT DATED FOOD

For all you people wanting

For all you people wanting to bad mouth this family, God help you if you ever suffer hardship, much less a tragedy like this. I personally know this family, and due to this messed up economy, the father of the kids did lose his job, the mother has MAJOR health issues. The grandfather is sick with arthritis in his back and the grandmother HAS been looking and applying relentlessly for work. Rather than you all being so quick to judge the family, put yourself in their shoes. Sometimes you have to make choices, hard choices. Life isn't always fair. I spoke with Connie tonight again, she's stressed but she's keeping the faith, she says God has another plan for her family. Please just keep this family in your prayers.

Arnold family update?

I haven't heard an update on the situation. How are they doing now? My family lost a home to fire over thirty years ago. It happened on a Saturday. With the compassion and generosity of the people in our church, my sisters and I were back to school by the first of the week, we had a new place to live within two weeks' time. I remember that we had everything when we moved in right down to the dishes in our kitchen. If I remember correctly, we didn't have renters' insurance and we were struggling financially before the fire happened. My prayers are with the Arnold family.

Our wonderful local "charities"

The Red Cross has repeatedly shown that they are nothing more than an effective money collection organization. When it comes time that they should be doling it out, they fail at that, as you unfortunately found out. From Katrina, to Sandy back as far as the Bay Area earthquakes, they always have an excuse. On a related note, they have quite the operation going with their blood collection, testing and distribution monopoly. They have you donate for free, and then charge the hospitals between $150, and $220 for that pint. Yes, there's testing that needs to be done, but there's alot of cushion in that price. No wonder the hospitals in some areas including Fayetteville have gone to the collection of blood for their purposes.

While it was nice they referred you to the local "united Way", that's another organization that's good at getting local employers to strongarm their employees to give. A quick look at the local United Way's form 990 shows almost $700,000 in "Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits" vs. $1.3 million in "Grants and similar amounts paid" And then there's $1.9 million in "Other expenses" A little lopsided, to say the least.

Here's the form 990 right from their web site.
http://www.uwcfa.org/sites/uwcfa.org/files/UWCFA%20990%206.30.12.pdf

With regard to giving to charities, it's probably better to give directly to something local instead of giving to these "aggregators".

Separate

They would rather sleep in their cars? Not wanting to separate is understandable, but the children should not suffer due to short-term thinking by the adults.. At the very least, one of the adults and the children need to stay in whatever place is being offered. Living in a car is no place for a child.

cry me a river

How many ADULTS are there? Seriously? They had NO insurance so they obviously didn't really think about the kids. You cant tell me that many people couldn't pass up a few cheeseburgers and pay a few hundred a year for insurance? Tired of people feeling everyone else should cough up for their own stupidity.

INSURANCE

You can buy a renters policy for as little as $10 a month, so yes people who rent should be able to afford it. It is a risk that people with children should not take.

If we are required to have health insurance, then renters insurance should be in ther too! Its your responsibility to take care of your family.

crazy comment

Its great you think everyone can afford insurance. I work at a great job, but afer bills and medical i have issues even paying for gas. i dont smoke, dont drink or go out and struggle.... not everyone has it easy so watch your words, you may end up in a bad spot one day also.

UH HUH

I bet you have an expensive cell phone and flat screen tv though. Something that you could cut out, priorities and all.

no, this family has no flat

no, this family has no flat screen TV's and no high dollar phones. Judge not lest you be judged. They are good people who happen to be my neighbors.

Irresponsible people

What? They didn't carry insurance on their house? They don't have money for food? The father says he cares about his kids? Explain to me how they were getting along before the fire? Having a fire certainly didn't cause the father to lose his job? If they were stupid enough not to have insurance, they can certainly rent something. Nothing in this story makes sense, except that these people seem terribly irresponsible and begging for charity!