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Family of 10 loses home, belongings in fire

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A family of 10, displaced from their home after a fire, is now worrying about where they'll go when the help they're getting runs out.

They had nowhere to go and, thanks to the American Red Cross, they are now staying in a motel, packed into three small rooms.

While the motel rooms may seem a bit cramped for the large family, right now, it's the only home they have.

"I think it brings you closer. It makes you appreciate things more," said Darlene Eckstein.

Eckstein lived with her eight adopted children and her elderly mother in the home on North 75th Terrace near Leavenworth Road, but they lost everything when a fire broke out Thursday about 11 a.m. From the outside, it doesn't look too bad, but all that changes when you get a glimpse of the inside. Everything is destroyed, scorched and in rubble.

The family says when their assistance from the Red Cross runs out Monday, they don't know what they'll do.

"I'm just scared because I don't know where to go from here," Eckstein said.

Eckstein's mother, Mary Perryman, owned the home for more than 30 years but, unfortunately, she did not have insurance. She's most worried about what will happen to the children who range in age from 4 to 18 years old.

"I've been taking care of kids practically since I've been born. I just want a place for the kids," Perryman said.

The family says all their possessions were inside. Eckstein's nephew is helping the family salvage what they can while the others look for an affordable living arrangement.

"This was always a cheerful house, a loving home. My grandma always took in whoever she could help," said relative Jimmy Campbell.

But now it's the family that needs a hand. Eckstein and her mother both live on a fixed income. The kids will receive some help from their school, but Eckstein is at a loss as to what her family needs to do next.

Still, she said she's just happy no one was hurt.

"God kept us safe. It could have been a different story," she said. "And I know God has something else in mind. I don't know what it is. But I know whatever it is, it's what God wants for us."

The family has set up a website as they ask for donations to help them get back on their feet. Go to to donate.

Donated clothes and household items can be mailed to:

Eckstein family
4004 Benton Blvd
Kansas City MO

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