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Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Everett school comes to family's aid after June 8 fire

  • Teresa Hoffman (right) sorts through donated clothes as Rubi Delgado-Brito, holding Johanna Guzman-Delgado, comforts Alexis Lemus-Delgado, 2, Wednesda...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Teresa Hoffman (right) sorts through donated clothes as Rubi Delgado-Brito, holding Johanna Guzman-Delgado, comforts Alexis Lemus-Delgado, 2, Wednesday at Explorer Middle School in Everett. Leonardo Garcia-Delgado, 9, stands at center. Delgado-Brito, a single mother of eight young children, lost her apartment in a recent fire, and local families rallied around the family in support, donating clothes, food, and toys.

  • Rubi Delgado-Brito (center) holding Johanna Guzman-Delgado, stands surrounded by her other children on Wednesday at Explorer Middle School in Everett....

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Rubi Delgado-Brito (center) holding Johanna Guzman-Delgado, stands surrounded by her other children on Wednesday at Explorer Middle School in Everett. The room was filled with donations from local families who had donated clothing, toys, and food for Delgado-Brito's family after they lost their apartment in a fire.

  • Teresa Hoffman, center, a counselor at Explorer Middle School, looks over at Rubi Delgado-Brito and her family, who lost their apartment in a recent f...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Teresa Hoffman, center, a counselor at Explorer Middle School, looks over at Rubi Delgado-Brito and her family, who lost their apartment in a recent fire. The Explorer community rallied around the family in support.

  • Rubi Delgado-Brito (left) gives Teresa Hoffman a hug outside Explorer Middle School on Wednesday. Hoffman, a counselor at Explorer, has been a great h...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Rubi Delgado-Brito (left) gives Teresa Hoffman a hug outside Explorer Middle School on Wednesday. Hoffman, a counselor at Explorer, has been a great help to Delgado-Brito, who was left with no where to live with her eight young children after her apartment was recently destroyed in a fire.

EVERETT -- The students gave loose change from their pockets.
Teachers and staff pooled money. Neighbors brought clothes, shoes and diapers.
A family from the Casino Road neighborhood was hurting, and those around them did everything they could to help.
Rubi Delgado-Brito and her eight children were the victims of the June 8 accidental fire at the Candlewood Apartments. They lost their home, and everything inside.
The oldest child, Alan, 12, attends Explorer Middle School. Almost overnight, the school became the place for people wanting to donate to the family, counselor Teresa Hoffman said.
"There's overwhelming support from the community," school office staffer Kris Manning said. "People here want to take care of people."
The school is keeping the donated items until the family finds another place to live. They are staying with relatives in Lake Stevens. Local churches and the American Red Cross also have provided assistance. "I'm thankful for all the help, and to all the people," Delgado-Brito said.
Many of the children who attend Explorer live along Casino Road, teacher Erinn Hubbard said. Many saw the fire, and were devastated.
To help, they also made cards and arts and crafts for Alan, his mother and his siblings.
"He's part of our seventh-grade family," Hubbard said. "I said, 'Let's just talk to all of our kids and see what we can do.'"
How to help
People interested in helping the victims of the June 8 fire at the Candlewood Apartments along Casino Road can contact Explorer Middle School, 425-356-1240. The family is not asking for additional donated items at this time because they don't have a place to store them other than the school.


Story tags » EverettFireExplorer Middle SchoolPeople

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