New Place to Call Home

Just over two weeks ago, we learned that an elderly Toomsuba man had been living in a tool shed since his house burned a few months ago.

Thanks to the generosity of many, 71-year-old Alex Guillen has a new place to call home.

Guillen said he is elated about getting a FEMA trailer that has three beds, complete kitchen, and best of all, a bathroom.

"I had to go to my friend's house almost every other week to take a bath. Here, I can take a bath right here," said Guillen.

"We will be working with him to get additional services for him to get additional benefits so that he can become totally stable," said Letha Dunn of MCCSA. "This was the biggest part of it."

Officials with Multi-County Community Service Agency say donations to make this possible came from all numerous locations, some from as far away as Arkansas, as well as different parts of Alabama and east Mississippi.

Now that Guillen is a client for MCCSA, officials they say they hope to have all services that are available for him, such as energy assistance and healthcare service in place by July.

Though Guillen's trailer has been paid for, there are still ways to help local fire victims. You may make a donation to the local Red Cross Disaster Fund 1820 23rd Avenue, Meridian, MS, 39301, and get more information at 601-485-5151.


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