An appeal for a Northland family who lost nearly everything they own in a house blaze is gaining momentum but plenty of small household items and clothing are still needed.
Lisa Coyle and three of her children were in bed watching television when a fire, believed to have started in a clothes drier, quickly spread and destroyed the home in Boundary Rd, Hikurangi, along with their possessions last Tuesday night.
A local business has started an appeal and staff members have given generously as have members of the public.
Paul Metcalf of Melville and Ellis said they had collected large items including a lounge, a dining room table and a queen-sized bed. There had been some linen donated but small kitchen items like cutlery, a toaster and a jug were still needed. Single beds for the children were also needed.
The generosity of some had amazed Mr Metcalf.
"A lady had gone and spent $100 at Farmers and bought tea towels and some towels. They still had the tags on and she was apologetic she couldn't afford more," Mr Metcalf said.
He had also been contacted by a group who ran a Facebook page who were willing to donate items to the family.
"It means a lot to us helping the children and coming up to Christmas we want to back up on their feet as soon as possible," Mr Metcalf said.
Anyone who has items to donate should contact Melville and Ellis in Vine St, Whangarei.
The family are staying with friends while they plan their next move.