Hellertown group holds candlelight vigil for two women

HELLERTOWN, Pa. | Northampton County group is coming collectively to assist a household that misplaced two daughters in a hearth.

Folks held a vigil Sunday evening in Hellertown as neighbors, family and friends proceed to mourn.

One Hellertown resident mentioned it greatest: its group is small, however it positive is mighty. The group continues to be processing the tragic loss.

If you happen to reside in Hellertown, whether or not the Kaufman household or not, they’re linked to them ultimately. That is simply how small cities like this one work.

With that being mentioned, it was solely quite a lot of hours earlier than the ball began rolling as to how folks had been going to leap in to assist.

“When one hurts all of us damage and all of us come collectively in a bond of affection and we’re there for folks,” mentioned Hellertown Mayor David  Heintzelman.

Tragedy hit the Kaufman household Friday when a hearth claimed the lives of sisters 15 yr outdated Brianna Baer and 10 yr outdated Abigail Kaufman.

“It has taken such a toll on the group, it actually hurts,” mentioned the mayor.

Information unfold quick. In a matter of hours, the varsity district and organizations round city had been leaping in to assist. By Sunday, the group organized a vigil outdoors the household’s dwelling on Linden Avenue.

Greater than 100 folks had been there, praying collectively, lighting candles and laying down flowers.

“As a mom it is unthinkable and my coronary heart actually goes out to them,” mentioned Hellertown resident Kim Johnson. 

It was clear it did not matter if the individual knew the household for 5 minutes or 5 years. Time was spent recounting the little issues.

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“The ladies had been laughing and laughing, they had been simply stunning folks,” added Johnson

The assist retains rolling in. A GoFundMe web page created for the household has already raised greater than $105,000.

Eating places and different companies are additionally supporting the household.

They are saying it is about letting them know the group has their again.

“We will not lose religion. We have to carry that gentle that we had been lighting tonight to maintain their reminiscence alive and I consider we’ll do this and I consider that is the beginning of therapeutic collectively as an enormous household,” the mayor added. 

You could find the household’s GoFundMe on-line.

Any cash raised will assist them with hospital payments, restore payments and extra incidentals.

Each Jen and Damien Kaufman had been transported to the hospital Friday to be handled for smoke inhalation.

They each have since been launched.