The congregation greeted the family who lived in the lower level of the destroyed home with words of encouragement and hope to get them through this tragedy.
“It's good to know we have neighbors in a good community,” said Daniel O’Donnell, who lost his home in the fire.
It was an emotional Sunday service as O'Donnell and his family leaned on their neighbors at Union Run Baptist Church in Keswick in this time of need.
“It helps us to keep hope,” he said.
The O'Donnell’s are now staying at a hotel after a fire engulfed their home Saturday morning.
“Yesterday was just overwhelming with so many emotions that were being felt during that time with the tragic loss of life, loss of home,” said pastor Rickey White.
The congregation led by White offered their longtime friends a service full of hugs, hymns and hope to help them move forward.
“We need to be a messenger and let everyone know that we can be supportive,” White said. “We can be supportive by giving - giving of time, prayer, and also giving of our finances.”
Tear-filled prayers were spoken for the O'Donnell family's upstairs neighbors, a mother and her two children who weren't able to make it out of the home in time.
“We can urge one another to be more loving, because we never know how long we're going to be on this earth,” White said.
He says it's a reminder that love and support are the foundation to rebuild.
“It was just nice to be with a nice spiritual congregation and having their support means a lot,” O’Donnell said.
If you want to donate to the families, you can send any offerings to the Union Run Baptist Church.
Albemarle County Police say the cause of the fire is still unknown.
There were working smoke detectors in the home.
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