The Grant Community Club and the Jayhawk 4-H Club are sponsoring a chili supper at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Grant Elementary School gymnasium to raise money for a family that lost their home to fire this week.
Gregory and Melissa Frost and their three children, ages 3, 8 and 10, were living in the 127-year-old house that burned to the ground early Monday morning. The house was northeast of Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Mary Ross, Grant Community Club treasurer and 4-H club parent adviser, said the Frost children were active in both of the clubs.
"They lost everything and right now, we just want to raise some money for them so they can get what they need," she said.
Frost said his family will live in a friend's house for the next month or two, but hopes to find a permanent country residence as soon as possible. He said support from both friends and strangers has been widespread.
"We're really appreciative and we're really humbled," he said. "We've had so many people rallying around us. It's really been overwhelming.''
Frost said the family managed to salvage some tools, a vacuum cleaner, his son's baritone horn, two cabinets and some Christmas photographs of the children. Everything else was lost in the fire.
Monetary donations can be sent to the Frosts in care of the Red Cross, Lawrence Community Building, 115 W. 11th, Lawrence, 66044.
Also, the Clinton Parkway Assembly of God, 3200 Clinton Parkway, will accept donations of clothing and household goods, although it's recommended that individuals call the church first to find out the family's clothing sizes and specific needs. That number is 843-7189.