Millerville Family Loses Everything in House Fire

Saturday, Dec. 5th- This holiday season won’t be the same for a Millerville family, but they are learning a valuable life lesson in the process of what it means to live in the Volunteer County.

James and Arley Hoppe hadn’t been gone from their home very long on this fateful day when they received one of the worst calls you can get…and one that would change their lives forever. Their home was gone, along with all their worldly possessions, including their children’s Christmas presents. A blaze had erupted in the home after they left, and despite Millerville Fire Department’s best efforts, burned to the ground. All they had left was what was on their backs…and no home insurance. Like many of us,  The Hoppe family work hard and live from paycheck to paycheck.


The Hoppe family are staying with family members at the present time, while they save every penny they can get for some means of a new home. Meanwhile, they are overcome with appreciation for the numerous donations they have had from family, friends, and even strangers. “It’s just so overwhelming and I know I sound like a broken record, but I am just so thankful to everyone who has helped us” says Arley. And even though they lost all their material possessions, they are eternally grateful that their family is together.

The cause of the blaze is unknown, but the Hoppes believe it could have originated in a used window unit they had purchased a short time ago.  If anyone is interested in donating to this family in need, please see clothing sizes below, or call 256-354-2100 or 256-354-9914.

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