|Updated: 3/25 2:51 pm
||Published: 3/23 10:04 pm
A Sapulpa family said their final goodbyes to their home.
On Saturday morning, the Obert-Thorns, their neighbors and their church family joined together to demolish their home in the 300 block of West McKinley Ave.
Local business owners are helping with the demolition process, but say donations are still needed to help offset the costs.
On Christmas Day in 2012 they were in Texas visiting family when their Sapulpa home caught fire. The family said the local fire marshal sited a chimney problem. The home burned to the ground, leaving just a few walls behind and a ton of memories.
“I found some pictures in a wheelbarrow I was taking to dump in the trash,” said Lora Obert-Thorn. “These pictures are so important because they explain our family’s history.”
"This is the children great-grandmother. She died last summer. She was such a passionate and wonderful woman. I believe she made sure we were not in the home when it burned it down. She is looking out us.”
The family has been staying with their pastor.
“The last three months have moved painfully slow because we all want to feel like we can be at home again,” said Keith Obert-Thorn. “We are so thankful for our community’s support and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their donations and help. We even had donations from outside of Oklahoma.”
The family’s faith has made their adjustment during the last three months easier.
“We trust God to get us through this,” said Lora. “On the day we came back to see the house burned down there were pieces of bibles floating around all over the street and we were cleaning it all up with the neighbors. Then Kennedy (her 9-year-old daughter) found a piece of one of our bibles and said ‘look!’ It was scripture that said
‘… out of the ashes… you’ll be in his good graces….'”
If you would like to make a monetary donation you can send a check to Life Park Christian Fellowship at P.O. Box 701170, Tulsa, OK.