BROCTON - A local family has had more than their share of tragedy this year and are seeking help from the community to get back on their feet.
When the Head family returned to their Brocton home on Feb. 15 from a family outing to the Ice Castle in Mayville they found it filled with smoke. Bob, JoAnna, 10-year-old Haylee, 7-year-old Robert, 5-year-old Dakotah and 3-year-old Jonathan lost their home due to a fire. They watched helplessly as their belongings went up in flames.
After several months staying with relatives, the Head family rented a home in the Willowbrook Trailer Court in Stockton. Bob and JoAnna were just getting their feet back on the ground when tragedy struck again Nov. 4. They lost another residence due to fire. For the second time they lost everything they owned.
Pictured is the Head family. From left, back row: Bob and JoAnna, front row: Jonathan, Dakotah, Haylee and Robert.
"This second time is the hardest," JoAnna Head said about losing their home twice.
The family is doing their best to stay positive.
"We are doing OK - as good as can be expected," JoAnna said.
During the second fire they lost their dog, Gordy.
"Gordy survived the first fire and died in the second one," she said. "The kids were devastated."
JoAnna said she found it hard to tell her kids about the second fire.
"How do you tell your four children that they have lost everything?" she asked.
JoAnna said losing her photos was the hardest part, because those memories are gone forever. She said she didn't have any digital copies of her oldest child growing up.
"I have lost Haylee's entire childhood," she said. "I am very grateful to have some family photos saved on Facebook."
The Head family is now staying with JoAnna's sister, Cindy Warlikowski, who has graciously offered her home to the family of six after both homes were lost.
On Sunday, Dec. 1, a benefit will take place to help the family. Tickets are $10.
Local country star Sean Patrick McGraw will be headlining the show at the chicken barbecue benefit that will be held at St. Stephen Hotel in Brocton, at 1 p.m.
Chiavetta's Catering will be supplying the barbecue chicken dinner.
A fund has also been established for them at Community Bank and a Chinese auction will take place at the chicken barbecue benefit.
Mosier and Daniels are accepting donations and selling tickets for the benefit.
Mosier said she is really excited about McGraw doing an acoustic set for the benefit.
"He is a very generous man and we will love having him here," Mosier said. "He told us he is happy to volunteer his time and is excited to do it."
Mosier said she "feels bad for the family" and "hopes that they will be able to get back on their feet."