Finding the meaning of Christmas after losing a home

Christmas Eve is a time to reflect and gather with the ones you love. This is true too for a Loris family who is reflecting on the fact they're now homeless after grease caught fire in the kitchen and destroyed their home on Quail Run Road in Horry County.

"They're going to need as much help as we can give them because its totaled," said Deborah Kostic after examining the home for the Red Cross.

Kostic, along with a fellow Red Cross disaster representative, met with the Reyes family on Christmas day to help assist them for the coming months ahead.

The Red Cross delivered not just information on what programs and agencies can help displaced families, but also came bearing gifts for the five Reyes' children.

Socorro Reyes, 9, is the oldest of the children and she said she wasn't sure what her Christmas would be like after Monday, "I couldn't ask for a better Christmas...because I have all my family and a lot of stuff I wanted, my house burnt down I thought I wouldn't, but I did."

Tina Reyes, who is the mother of all five children, had to come to terms with the loss of her home, "it was tough, but I had to be strong for the children it was hard seeing them cry over loosing their things."

The children didn't loose everything because shortly before the fire started on Monday at around 3 p.m. Dad took the gifts over to the children's grandparents home to open on Christmas morning.

So now Dad, Santa, and the Red Cross are being attributed in helping to save the spirit of the holidays

"It's just about family, and Jesus, not the material things they don't matter as long as we have each other," adds Tina Reyes.

The Red Cross will continue to help the Reyes for the next several months.

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