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Salvation Army brightens holidays for family after fire destroys home

The Bellamy family looks at their home that was destroyed by fire in November. (Source: Christel Bell) The Bellamy family looks at their home that was destroyed by fire in November. (Source: Christel Bell)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) - A family without a home for the holidays after a fire ripped through their mobile home in Loris last month will receive help from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.

The Bellamy family of Loris says losing their home during this time of year is a major setback, but they are grateful. 

The family of 15 includes Randall Bellamy, his wife, his daughters and 12 children, most of them grandchildren. They had lived in the mobile home for over 20 years before it was destroyed by flames.

"I've never been through an experience like this," Randall Bellamy said. "This is an experience for me and the family both." 

In late November, Bellamy said no one was home when the fire started. Normally, his daughter and his two grandchildren would be, but they were helping is mother-in-law, he added. 

"Any time you lose anything it is a setback, but during this time, it's a real setback for us," Bellamy said. "But with the help of the Lord, everything will work out." 

The youngest child in the home is 2 years old. Bellamy said, in addition to his daughters and grandchildren, the family also took in four other children.

"We had four more kids that we're supposed to help somebody out with, but we end up having them for the last seven years," he said.

Bellamy added his usually close-knit family has been temporarily separated since the fire, a situation that has been tough. 

Salvation Army officials came in contact with the Bellamy Family through the American Red Cross and the community adopted them all under the Angel Tree Program.

Major Angie Repass, director of the Horry County Salvation Army, said people can see exactly who they are helping, when they donate to the Salvation Army. 

Donations received specifically for the family will help them have a Merry Christmas. Bellamy said the help is appreciated. 

"It's a tremendous help out for us, especially at this time with finding another place to stay and other circumstances that we have to go through," he said. "That helps out a lot. It's a lot of burden off us right now." 

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