Wildfire Victims Continue to Adjust into the Holiday Season

Published: Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:38 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 at 11:51 PM CST
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The Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery Committee is working to help families who survived the April wildfires.  The Buckley family lost nearly everything they had in their home and with the holidays coming up this can be a time to miss the things that were lost, but for the Buckley's it's a time to be thankful.

"It's been really rough the last couple of months, but I just have to give thanks to God," says Christal Buckley.

She and her family lost their home back in April.  Ever since then it has been a difficult adjustment.

"It's taken us a couple months to adjust.  Physically we are ok, emotionally no.  We are still struggling," Buckley says.  "A lot of people have told us that you got out with your lives and you need to get over it and move on, but they don't know what we've gone through."

The family is struggling to adjust to a new home and dealing with the loss of their possessions and a pet.  Christal says they lost it all.  Photos, clothes, and furniture, but one thing the flames never touched were some of the family's Christmas decorations.

"My son Nicholas had made this snowman and colored it for me and my son Connor which is 15 now he made that at church one day," she explains.

She says that even though they have lost almost everything they owned, all they want to do this Christmas season is give to others.

"Pay it forward.  It's better to give than to receive and yeah there has been a few things that I would like to go and get because I know we need them, but financially were just trying to hold on to Christmas right now," she says.

For the Buckley's what's important this Christmas is they will be together as a family with new beginnings.

"I'm really glad that we have this house.  I thank God everyday for this house," Buckley says.

The Wichita Falls Area Disaster Recovery Committee has helped the Buckley's and other families by registering them for household items at Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond.  You can contact Interfaith Ministries at (940) 322-1365 for more information.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.