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FLORISSANT, MO – Weeks away from Christmas, a family of six is homeless after fire heavily damages their Florissant home. But, people in the community have rushed in to come to their rescue.

Jessica Hopson, who is pregnant lived at the home with her five kids ages 2-12. The fire happened early Thursday morning just two weeks before Christmas and on the day Jessica’s son Jordan celebrates his 5th birthday.  Lots of belongings were damaged or destroyed including Christmas and birthday presents.

Hopson said she dropped a candle on the bed and the flames spread quickly, she got her children out of the home and called firefighters.

“Life safety is the most important she did the right thing you want to make sure everyone’s evacuated from the home.” said Mark Flauter of the Florissant Valley Fire District.

Within hours people began dropping off items for the family at the firehouse. Then three different fire restoration companies, Paragon, Elecronic Restoration Services and CRDN arrived on the scene. They brought birthday presents for 5 year old Jordan And presents for the rest of the children. Plus, more than 1,500 dollars in cash.

“I think it just shows there are really are good people out there and people really do care about each other.” said Bambi Fleming of Paragon Restoration.

“This is the time of the year where we can help out pay it forward a little bit.” said Art Schulte of CRDN Clothes Restoration.

Dozens of viewers who saw the story on Fox 2 news in the morning began offering assistance.

“It feels good to know you have people behind you it feels very good.” said Jessica Hopson.

The American Red Cross has given the family a place to stay, some clothing and food.

“It’s a miracle  because all the stuff that went on in Ferguson there’s still love and love comforts all things and I thank God.” said Jessica’s Mother Lillie Hall.

Donations can be dropped off at the Florissant Valley Fire Station. 661 St. Ferdinand.

The 2-year-old boy wears size 3T in clothes and 9 in shoes. The 5-year-old boy, who is celebrating his birthday, wears 5T in clothes and 11 in shoes. The 6-year-old girl wears size 8T in clothes and 3 in shoes. The 10-year-old girl wears size 10 in clothes and size 6 in shoes. The 12-year-old girl wears size 12 in clothes and 8 in women’s shoes.

The family is also accepting monetary donations. Click on the following link to help: Hopson Family Miracle.