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West Mich. family stunned by ourpouring of kindness after fire
UNION CITY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan family is shocked by an incredible act of kindness.
The Mead family in Union City lost everything in a fire on Tuesday. "It just didn't seem real. I didnt think it was happening to us," 16-year-old Marissa Mead says. All our stuff was gone, except what I had on.
Even Marissas high school volleyball uniform was reduced to ashes like everything else, but she still played in a game that night against rival school Concord High.
The girls on that team had heard about the fire on twitter and had an idea. "On the bus ride home we were like, 'Bring 20 bucks, 10 bucks, anything you have. Search your piggy banks, ask your parents, anything,'" says Chelsea Snay, one of Concords volleyball captains.
The Concord team then showed up to Union Citys volleyball game Thursday night with a big surprise for the Meads: a card with several hundred dollars inside, from complete strangers. "I don't know some of those girls and they're all there for me. It's crazy to know that," Marissa reflects.
"If it was one of us or me even, I would want someone to do it for us, explains Concords other volleyball captain, Claudia Miller.
The little surprise produced a big reaction in the gym: lots of tears and a standing ovation. "I dont think there was a dry eye in that gym last night," says Marcy Mead, Marissa's mother.
Concord volleyball player Abbey Pratt adds, "At the end of the game, Marissas mom came and said thank you to us and held our hands and was like, Thank you so much. She was crying and gave us each of us a hug.
The Mead family says they've now experienced two extremes in one week: rock bottom and unbelievable kindness. "We definitely will be paying this forward," Marcy added, "to other families who go through tragedies like ours."
The Union City community has also shown much support for the Mead family. The high school is collecting donations. To help, send a check payable to the Mead Family to Union City High School. The address there is 430 St. Joseph Street, Union City, MI 49094. You may also call (517) 741 8561.