The Duncan Banner

January 31, 2014

Cowboy, Catholic churches ride to family’s rescue

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Two churches pulled together Thursday to help  a family in need after a fire destroyed their home.

Mary Lara Guffey was in the laundry room of her home on Beech last December when she saw smoke coming from the water heater.

 Guffey escaped the blaze but left an array of personal keepsakes, important paperwork and furniture in the rental home, where she lived with her two teenage children.

On Thursday, members of Assumption Catholic Church and Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church rode to the rescue, removing undamaged items from the house so they could be salvaged and placed in storage.

“People have been so kind,” said Dottie Lara, Mary Lara Guffey’s mother, who arranged for the help.     

  Six parisioners of the Catholic church lent a hand.

“We’re just trying to do a good deed,” said David Carney.

 Four from the Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church helped load trailers.

“This is us,” said Ann Bingham, a church member who is a close friend to the family. “We try to do what we can.”

  Cooper Guffey, a 16-year-old Duncan High student, said the effort meant a lot to him, his mother and  15-year-old sister Dakota after they were forced from their home.

 “I’m very thankful,” he said. “It would have been hard with just the three of us.”