Hampton students collect donations for family impacted by fire

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HAMPTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – Students at Hampton Elementary and Middle School are coming together in support of one of their own.

Last week, the Caldwell family’s life was turned upside down after losing many personal belongings in a house fire.

Fire officials said the fire started because of a space heater in one of the bedrooms.

Michael Caldwell woke up to the smell of smoke and started screaming. 

“What happened was I woke up. My brother’s heater was actually spewing flames. It was shooting them onto his bed. I screamed so loud everybody woke up fully,” he said.

The fire department calling Caldwell a hero but he says he doesnt se himself as one,

“I was just doing what I thought was right and I wanted to save my family.”

Now students and community members are coming together to help the family restock some of the basic essentials.

Hampton Elementary’s Student Council is spearheading this donation drive.

The student council is made up of 6th through 8th graders. Student Council President, Jude Hickman, said they just wanted to help out a friend. 

“We have a box around the school that we would like students to put like toys and just help the family get back on their feet.”

Here are some of the items they are requesting:

  • PANTS: 28×28 pants, size 4 pants, 32×30 pants
  • SHIRTS: medium shirt, large shirt, small/medium shirt
  • SHOES: size 9 shoes, size 8.5 shoes, size 11 shoes

Mikey is asking for people to donate toys for his brother like LEGOs. 

“He says he doesn’t really want any other stuffed animals cause they can’t be replaced and I understand what he means. He called one of them Mu-Mu and I don’t know what the other one was called. Everything that my brother had is like destroyed.”

You can also find a full list of items HERE at an online registry that was created for the family. 

Mikey is asking for people to donate toys for his brother like LEGOs. 

“He says he doesn’t really want any other stuffed animals cause they can’t be replaced and I understand what he means. He called one of them Mu-Mu and I don’t know what the other one was called. Everything that my brother had is like destroyed.”

Mikey says he’s grateful for the community support.

“It makes me feel happy that so many people are willing to help me.”

Items can be dropped off at Hampton Elementary School through the end of April.

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