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Port Charlotte family gets new home after fire

Posted: 6:17 PM, Dec 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 07:38:13-05

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — A family has a new home after they lost theirs in an electrical fire earlier this month.

Melissa Sabino said she’s grateful for community volunteers and Charlotte County’s Transitional Housing Program for making this happen.

“It feels amazing. We couldn’t be thankful enough. And we don’t know how we’re ever going to repay these people,” said Sabino.

Sabino said the photos hung on the wall made their new home even more special.

“That means everything because I lost them all in the fire,” she said.

They’re photos county workers printed from the family’s Facebook page.

Charlotte County also gave the family $300 worth of gift cards to put presents under the Christmas tree.

Tracy Doherty with Charlotte County Public Works says a simple gift turned into so much more.

“We were going to decorate the house for Christmas,” said Doherty. “But then so many donations started coming in from the county, the community, from everywhere. So I said why don’t we just fill the whole house.

Sabino said there’s one thing she can’t wait to do once she’s settled in her new home.

“Take a bath in my own bathroom. Because we don’t have that at home,” she said with a smile.

The family will be able to call this their home for at least the next six months.