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Flint native will donate a house to family displaced from explosion

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Residents from surrounding neighborhoods stepped up to help donate a house to one family effected by Monday night's fire

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -- Twenty-seven families are in need of assistance after Monday night's explosion shook their worlds.

Residents from surrounding communities are stepping up to provide some solutions and offer help.

“We want to make sure that these people know that they're loved and that the community is behind them, even though we're not in Flint anymore, we're still a part of the community,” Flint native Arielle Bell said.

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Bell heard about the explosion all the way in Cincinnati, Ohio, and said she took to social media to offer a permanent place for the family to go.

“We have a house that we are donating and we are going to pay for the first six months,” Bell said.

Soon after it was posted, her Facebook comment quickly gained a reaction from others in the community.

“We had so many people who were, you know, trying to help that we also got the other six months covered as well,” Bell said.

She adds the family is still deciding if they will accept the donation. If they are able to find other arrangements, Belle will donate the house to another displaced neighbor.

“I have heard from other families who were affected by this tragedy,” Bell said. “So even if the family doesn't take the home, we'll be able to offer it to someone else.”

Neighbors react to the Flint home explosion

Monday night, multiple churches opened their doors to give families a place to stay following the explosion, but the city of Flint knows it is not a permanent solution.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said the city has partnered with charities to help begin the healing process.

“The United Way donation page: the November 22 Flint explosion is the appropriate page to donate and it will make sure that those families will receive the benefits of those dollars,” Neeley said.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Nov. 22 Flint Home Explosion Fund click here

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