Manti student seeking aid for families who lost homes in recent fire
MANTI—In the aftermath of the Ephraim mobile home fires, a high school student has committed to helping the two families who lost everything get back on their feet and is looking to the community for support.
Hannah Harmston, a Sterling Scholar nominee from Manti High, has launched a campaign called “Lost Everything, Give Anything” to collect necessities for the Richard and Azucena Tinoco, and Jose and Guadalupe Juarez families.
Harmston says her high school counselor suggested the idea, and because some of her friends are relatives of the two families, she was inspired to move forward.
“I like the idea of the community pulling together to help other people,” she said.
She contacted businesses around the county to set up collection locations for donated items.
Harmston says the primary items the families need are Similac Blue brand baby formula, 6-month baby clothes, size 2 diapers and non-perishable food items.
Other needed items are toys, 3T girls clothes, 2T and 4T boys clothes, 5T girls and boys clothes, women’s pant sizes 3 and 16 and men’s pants sizes 30×3, 32×30 and 36×32.
“They can use anything for infants, including shoes. They can use anything a person could use to put a house back together including anything for the kitchen.”
And, she says, cash donations are always appreciated.
Collection locations for all items are at Manti High in the Commons area and in teacher Olga Willey’s room, as well as at Manti Elementary.
Hannah plans to have locations set up at several schools in the county by the end of the week.