Mom, 6 kids given temporary home after tree falls on house in storm

Family receives help from member of community

Published On: Mar 27 2013 10:32:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2013 11:10:00 PM EDT
Tree on home
LAKE CITY, Fla. -

A Lake City mother and her six children displaced when a tree landed on their house now have a temporary home thanks to someone in the community who reached out to help them.

Bonnie Denton and her children moved in Tuesday night.

Their home was damaged in a severe storm Saturday.

Up until Tuesday afternoon, Denton and her children had been staying in a motel paid for by the American Red Cross. She said that assistance ran out, and she and her family had nowhere to go. She said she's hoping the Federal Emergency Management Agency may provide some relief.

Unfortunately, her options were limited.

Denton said she never really saw herself as desperate, and she never believed she would be without a home. The single mother said she was inside her trailer when severe weather struck and a large tree came crashing down onto her roof. She said it was a terrifying moment.

"If that tree would have came in, we would have died," Denton said. "Look, it's on top of my roof. It's straight off my kids' room and my room."

Denton has no insurance and was relying on her van for shelter and hoping for a new home. That's when a member of the community stepped in to help.

As for federal aid, officials say that likely won't happen. The storm in Lake City does not meet the criteria to be considered a disaster, and a request for relief would need to come from the governor.

Denton knows her options are limited and she'll have to start over.

"I understand. I'm enough of a woman to understand that if I do get me a home, I have to start from the beginning, and I'm willing to work with that," she said.

Before finding out about her temporary home, Denton said any kind of help would mean the world to her.

"I've never been like this in my life. I've never asked anybody for anything, but I would now because I don't know what to do," Denton said.

There are at least five other families in a similar situation after Saturday's storms.