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Donations destroyed after homeless shelter fire

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A storage shed with nearly 10 tons of toys, clothes, and furniture for people in need has been reduced to ashes and rubble.

"In the shed we lost it all, in the back of the shed we lost it all, a lawn mower, we lost it all," Harris said.

Elder Bobby Harris who manages the House of Mercy in Columbus says everything lost in the fire was donated to the shelter from people in the community. Harris says the Fire Department has not determined what caused the fire.

"Sometimes it's the people you help, the people that you've fed, but we won't stop helping people, we will continue on to help people," Harris.

Tommy Ector has spent the past five months living at the House of Mercy. He and other people living there depend on the donations from people in the community. Now with all of the holiday donations gone Ector is leaning on the community for help with filling a new shelter.

"It hurts my feelings that the clothes are demolished and toys for the kids but we have donations coming in for toys and kids to come for Christmas," Ector said.

Several bags of clothing have already started to pour in. Vermella Bush heard about what happened on News Leader Nine and decided to go through her closet and give back.

"It's sad it happened around the holidays because a lot of people won't be able to get a lot of stuff but maybe somebody will come out there and help them get it," Bush said.  

"We hope that they will respond by bringing a toy by or by bringing clothing by and their monetary donations are always accepted," Harris said.

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