Community opens arms, wallets to fire victims

Posted at: 05/17/2013 11:26 AM | Updated at: 05/17/2013 12:24 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

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WYNANTSKILL - A community steps up as a family heals.

It was two weeks ago when a fire forced a mother to make some quick decisions to save her children.

The memories of that night still haunt Karli Sydor.

She had no choice but to drop her children out a second story window to save them from flames and smoke.

They all survived.

And today, they are overwhelmed by the love and support from the Wynantskill community, including the generous actions of one seven year old boy.

A young man of few words, but his actions speak louder.

When 7-year-old Sammy McCrea heard that his friend and classmate Peyton lost his home in a fire, he wanted to help.

Sammy just had his 1st communion, and got $300 from family and friends.

Sammy gave it all to the Sydors

It's one of many kind gestures that has Peyton’s mom, Karli in tears.

It was just before 2 a.m. when she woke up to a nightmare.

Her husband ran downstairs - but Karli, and the three kids, including a six month old, could not make it through the thick smoke and flames.

Karli pushed the screen out of a second story window and threw her children down to her waiting husband.

And then Karli jumped.

She hurt her back - but all that mattered was that her children and husband were ok.

And now two weeks later, after that terrifying night, new friendships and bonds have formed.

Parents in Ms. Cronin's 2nd grade class at Gardner Dickinson School and the school community have donated a $1,000 gift card, backpacks full of school supplies, a diaper bag and a lot of toys.

The boy’s baseball team has provided new uniforms and a relative set up a fund for the family as well

It's called the Sydor Family Fund anf you can donate at any Capital Communications Federal Credit Union.

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