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Neighbors band together for refugees who lost everything in house fire

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A single mother, her six kids and an uncle from Sudan have lost everything in a house fire. Now, neighbors are working together to raise money for a new home.

The West Valley community has really stepped up to help turn the family's unfortunate situation into a new beginning.

Just over a week ago, a mother, an uncle and six kids lost everything when their home caught fire.

"We had a picture of my older brother who passed away like two years ago, so that's the only thing we had of him," said Majang Ngor, one of the victims of the fire.

The family lost everything — including their citizenship papers.

"It's been so bad when I think about all the things I lost in that house," Abok Bak said.

But today Wednesday there was hope, as neighbors held a carwash to raise money for a new home, and to show the family they are not alone.

"It feels good to do good for other people," said Darren Lopez, a neighbor of the victims.

The families are incredibly grateful.

It feels good to do good for other people.

–Darren Lopez

"Being a good neighbor and showing you love your neighbor; I'm so grateful," Ezekiel Muot said.

"It makes me feel good. Why does it make you feel good? Because they're helping me," Chakita Ngor added.

Even little Kingston was grateful, although speechless:

"Is it pretty cool seeing all your neighbors out here?" he was asked, to which he nodded his head. ‘

The family has already received $1,000 in donations, but it wouldn't have been possible without the help of the families next door. If you want to help the family, you can donate at any of the First Utah Banks under the Ngor family name.*


* has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.


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