Furniture company comes to the aid of Red Bank fire victims

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 7/21/2013 11:51 pm
RED BANK,Tennessee(WDEF) - A couple displaced by an apartment fire received additional help from an unlikely source; a furniture store.

Last Monday six families in Red Bank were displaced by an apartment fire at Ravenscroft Apartments. Since then, they have all been placed in new housing by the owner of Ravenscroft who has other properties.

One couple in particular received additional thanks to the generosity of the Aaron's Rent-To-Own store in Hixson.

Sherrie McDaniel and her partially blind and terminally ill husband T.A. had only been living at Ravenscroft apartments for 5 weeks when a fire broke out in the apartment above them. Leaving the McDaniel's and five other families displaced.

"When you have no shoes, toothbrush, hairbrush, those things can just be unreal and you just don't realize that you're homeless. I don't have a place to go," said Sherri McDaniel.

Several days after they were displaced, the owner of the property transferred the McDaniel's and the other fire victims to other properties he owns.

An Aaron's Rent to Own customer called the store in Hixson and told the manager about the McDaniel's and how they lost everything in that fire. The McDaniel's didn't have renters insurance to replace their property but needed specific items because T.A. McDaniel has special medical needs. The store responded by donated furniture to the couple.

"When I got the phone call, I knew it had to be done and it was no questions asked. It was delivered the same day and we just wanted to make sure we did the right thing by our customers and our citizens that live in Hixson and or Chattanooga area," said Aaron's store manager Jeremy Kelley.

"We were so impressed and so thankful because my husband has special needs and he sleeps in a recliner. They gave us this really killer electric recliner and all that stuff and a brand new queen size bed with new mattress and box spring," said McDaniel.

The McDaniel's say they are thankful for the help they received and are also urging communities to help other fire victims who go through a life changing experience.

"Just people becoming aware. Think about when you see people hurting. Do they need blankets? Do they need clothes? Can you loan them a pair of shoes. Things like that," said McDaniel.

The manager at Aaron's told WDEF that donating furniture to fire victims is something he has done in the past but also says it's done on a case by case basis.

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