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Published July 16, 2011, 06:14 PM

A Community Pulls Together To Help Victims Of Home Explosion Near Larimore

A community pulls together to help a family who lost almost everything in a home explosion. Although money can't bring back what they've lost, caring is helping them move forward.

A community pulls together to help a family who lost almost everything in a home explosion.

Although money can't bring back what they've lost...caring is helping them move forward.

Justin McMahon and Danielle Bissell lived north of Larimore with their 6-month-old daughter Samantha Bissell. On June 27th, everything changed.

"They were looking forward to a future and now it's pretty much in survival mode. It's tough, I just can't go there." donator Michael Reidhammer said.

A home explosion had McMahon losing the lower half of both his legs, left Bissell with a fractured neck, shattered feet and broken pelvis and their baby Samantha, dead.

"Very shocking, I live in Arvilla which is about 10 miles away from where the explosion was and we heard it at our house." fundraiser organizer Alden Lieberg said.

Many people here were interested in helping out the family and decided to raise money here at this flower shop to show their support.

"It's good to see, yep and people that don't even know them and people we don't know either, you know, they've heard of it." Lieberg said.

The Larimore Flower and Gift Shop has raised more than 7-thousand dollars in the past couple of days. An effort that isn't going unnoticed by the family.

"There is good people out there and they don't have to know you by your names, you know, and they don't have to know your family history or what you look like, they just know the story." McMahon's mother Rebecca Frerichs said.

A story that has touched a lot of people, who want to help out in any way they can.

"You know the hospital and all the stuff, what they're going through and the loss of their little one. Like I said I just can't imagine."Reidhammer said.

"Jolene and I took the checks and depostied them at the bank and there's a lot of hundred dollar bills, it's amazing." Lieberg said.

If you would like to help, a fund is set up at the Riverfork Federal Credit Union located at 711 N. Washington St. in Grand Forks. Donations can be made to the Bissell and McMahon account.

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