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The McDowell home on Main Street was a total loss

A Bolivar NY family is without a home today but the community has been rallying around this family of ten since the fire started. The family reports that no one was injured in the fire but the family dog did sadly perish.

An online fundraiser for the McDowell family has been receiving a flood of support. From that GoFundMe page:

“The McDowell’s have lost their home in a tragic fire today.

Wrestling families, let’s join together to help one of our own. As a community we need to pull together to help them, they have lost everything. Donations needed will be worked out and posted as we have more information.

As of right now we are concerned with feeding and housing a family of 11. There has never been a time in the last 13 years that they were not the first people to step in and help anyone and everyone.”

Click HERE for the GoFundMe link to donate.

From the McDowell Family:

To all the Fire Departments that responded to our house today, THANK YOU ❤️ There are not enough words to tell you how grateful we are that you did all you could to try to save our house. Bolivar, West Clarksville, Allegany, Shinglehouse, Allentown, Richburg. We lost everything, but our kids are safe and that is all that matters. Thank you to EVERYONE that has reached out to us, stopped by, called, text, donated. We can’t thank you all enough. There were so many people that stopped today, if we didn’t get a chance to talk to you, please know we appreciate you and didn’t intend to over look anyone.

People have been asking for sizes for our kids, Gary and I

Gary – Men’s 30/30 jeans, M other type of bottoms, M tops

Mary – Woman’s M tops, L or 12/14 bottoms

Jr – Men’s S/M shirts, S/M bottoms

Travis – Men’s S/M shirts, S/M bottoms

Presley – Men’s XS or YXL shirts, Men’s XS or YXL pants

Jesse – Men’s XS or YXL shirts, Men’s XS or YXL pants

Ryobi – 10/12 or YM tops, 10/12 or YM pants

Natalie – AS or size 3 bottoms (skinny leg), AS tops

Maddie – AXL tops, AXL or 18 bottoms (boot cut)

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