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CHAMPION, Ohio - A Trumbull County family is healing after what they describe as a "devastating" couple of months.

Ron Wolfe, Sr. and his 12-year-old granddaughter, Danielle Wolfe, lost their Champion home after a fire earlier this month just two months after they lost his wife to cancer.

"I was just trying to get over that, and then this happened," Wolfe says. "It's just devastating. I mean I've lost all of her crafts and her pictures and all the mementos I had of her, and now that's gone too."

The story has gained the attention of community members.

A fundraiser held at Champion Skate on Monday raised money to assist  the family who lost, not only their home, but also their vehicle and all of their belongings.

"We have the facility and we just felt like we had to do God's work and help them," says Jennifer Brainard, owner of Champion Skate.

"I'm speechless, absolutely speechless, to see this out pouring of support," Wolfe says. "I mean people bringing food and clothes and money and chairs and everything. They're brining everything."

Wolfe's granddaughter, Danielle, is still hurting. While she appreciates all the support, she says it's her home and her grandmother that cannot be replaced.

"Danielle, she's really struggling," Brainard says. "She breaks down and cries a lot, she misses her grandma, she misses her house, she misses the pictures."

Although the fundraiser is over, anyone wishing to help can still do so.

Gift cards and checks can be made out to Ron Wolfe and sent to Champion Skate at 5040 Mahoning Ave. in Warren.

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