Q13 comes to the rescue for family who lost home on Fourth of July to fire
The mother and son whose apartment was consumed by a fireworks triggered fire on the 4th of July found that 2020 had even more bad news for them. On December 3 she was a victim of domestic violence, and this was the third time, by her ex husband.
After the fire Floreen and Nathan Nair were without money, clothes, furniture and her car was even broken down. Westside Seattle covered her plight and publicized her GoFundMe page which, through the generosity of West Seattleites and others raised $7300. That enabled she and her son to get back on their feet and move to a new apartment in north Seattle.
That page is still active.
In the domestic violence incident her ex threatened to kill her and himself, but the police intervened and he was arrested. He is currently in jail with bail set at $75,000. Still she fears for her safety and now must move again since he could be released.
She reached out to our news partner Q13 and reporter Matt Lorch. He in turn talked to David Rose who every year picks out a family to help.
He arranged to meet with Floreen and Nathan, brought them some gifts and and even got a much desired anime action figure for Nathan who is 10 years old.
Though they are currently safe, she wants to be certain she and Nathan stay that way.
Floreen said, "I was very fearful of him after 13 years of abuse but Nathan is older now so I can't let him see the abuse I was going through. And also I don't want Nathan to learn to hit women as as he grows up. I want to set a good example for him."
After the fire she wrote on the GoFundMe page of her gratitude to those who donated:
"I just want to Thank you each one of you for helping me and my son for the generous donation everyone donated.
It will help me and my son to start a new life AGAIN
We already got a place last week and we both doing good.
We will never forget how much people cared for us.
It will take time to rebuilt what we lost but we will get there.
I just wanted my son to get a home and we did.
With the Pendemic going on and losing everything in the fire was very hard but you ALL made it so easy for life to go on.
Thank you Thank You
Please Never give up Hope! There is very kind people out there♥️
I NEVER felt alone because I felt we are ALL are together what me and my son and neighbors were going through!
Big Thank you Again!
God bless you ALL"