JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- One day after a fire tore apart an Onslow County family, leaving them homeless, donations are flooding in.
Nothing can replace what the fire took from the Pittman family. Three of the eight children died and several others are still in the hospital, but there is an outpouring of generosity from people not just in Onslow County, but all over the country.
From food and toys to money, folks are stepping up to help out the Pittmans. A fire early yesterday morning destroyed their home in Jacksonville, killing three younger children.
Since then, donations have steadily come into the Onslow County Sheriff's Office. Calls have come from as far away as New York and Florida. Sheriff Ed Brown says one family has donated a temporary home for the Pittmans. Another has offered three burial plots.
"This is what it's all about in America," Sheriff Brown said. "We may have the wrong impression when we look and think everybody's bad. No they're not."
Investigators believe the fire started with an electrical short in the kitchen.
Three of the Pittman children are still recovering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. One was treated and released. Another sibling and their mother are at the burn unit in Chapel Hill.
The Red Cross has responded to the tragic fire that occurred in the Verona community early this morning. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, clothing, emotional support to families and we will continue to monitor the needs of this family and provide assistance as appropriate.
The Red Cross will accept donations to assist this family and others who may be affected by single family disasters. Persons wishing to make contributions can mail a check to 12 Ruth Street, Jacksonville NC 28540 or make an online contribution at onslow.redcross.org.
You can also contact the Cape Fear Chapter Red Cross in Wilmington at (910) 762-2683.
Onslow County Sheriff's Office:
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office is also collecting donations for the Pittman Family. Contact Walter Scott with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at (910) 989-4008 or cell phone (910) 389-4685. You can also contact Gloria Joles, the Sheriff's Administrative Secretary, at (910) 989-4001.
These are the clothing sizes needed for the family:
MEN - size 31 x 32 Pants and size medium shirts
WOMEN - size 12, 14 pants for teenagers; size 3,5,7 pants for teenagers; size 16 Pants for mother; size XL tops for mother and teenagers and size small tops for teenagers
GIRLS - size 10/12 pants and size 10/12 tops
BOYS - size 4/5 pants and shirts