A family devastated by losing their home has felt the warmth of the community, which is helping them recover. Crystal Babuik and PJ Poroznuk and children Martin, 5, and Sydney, 8, lost their home in Poplar Grove Trailer Court on Sunday, February 4, when the house caught fire. When Drumheller Firefighters arrived at the home, it was fully engulfed. Babuik tells the Mail they
lost virtually everything. “We couldn’t save anything from the house. There is some stuff in the shed that we can get to, but that’s about it,” said Crystal. “Everything is gone.”
In the spirit of community, Drumheller came together to help the family out. “There are a lot of people and a lot of businesses that have come together to help us out,” said Crystal. “We have two young kids and they have everything now that they need, clothes, new bedding. Everything they need has been donated, so they are coming along really well.” The family has settled into a new home. Along with these items, they have also received gift cards and other donations to help them create some normalcy in the aftermath of the fire. Even the school community showed their support. Last week Greentree School Parent Council hosted a movie night, and with funds, the family was able to buy new dishes as well as additional bedding for the children and art supplies for the kids. She said her kids have been resilient. “I hug my kids everyday and give them kisses, I’m proud of them,” said Babuik There is a trust fund set up at the Drumheller branch of ATB Financial, as well as a donation box at Allied Distributors. A fellow parent also put a table in the February 17 Snowball Market at Greentree Mall to help the family. Babuik is a long time resident of Drumheller and knows very well of the community spirit here. “I am super grateful to everyone who has helped out,” said Crystal.