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Woman helps family who lost everything in fire

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By: Sabrina Ahmed

The Zierenberg family has never asked for much, even when they lost everything. But after a stranger heard their story, she stepped up to help them.

Scott Zierenberg looked through a blank photo album at the Eagle Community Center, knowing the photos of his kids growing up, and a lifetime of memories, are gone.

For him, things can only go up from here. With the help of the Eagle community, this family is piecing their life back together.

"I guess you just take it for granted. that alarm clock screaming at you, the bed you're sleeping on, the pillows, the blankets, the clothes," Zierenberg said.

Community member Arin Brinson had never met the Zierenberg family. But when she heard their story, how they lost everything, she knew she needed to help as they begin this new chapter.

"It's not gonna be something that ends today, it's gonna be something they have to plan and look for for months to come," Brinson said.

Brinson organized a drive to raise anything and everything she could. From couches to TV's, pots and pans to clothing, they even need silverware and toothbrushes.

The drive raised everything they needed and then some.

"And now we have so much stuff we don't even know what—it's like Christmas all over again," Zierenberg said.

The family relocated from Eagle to Lincoln. Another family heard their story and offered their newly renovated rental home.

The deposit and first month's rent were paid for by donations from people in the community and Waverly Schools, where the kids attend.

For those who couldn't get to Eagle to make a donation but still want to help, you can visit the Zierenberg Family Fundraiser Facebook page or call Arin Brinson at 402-310-3038.

There are funds set up at all of West Gate Bank's Lincoln locations and at Eagle State Bank, under the Zierenberg family's name.

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