On Dec. 1, there will be a chicken barbeque benefit to help a family that has suffered through two devastating house fires this year. Bob and JoAnna Head need to re-establish a home for their four children, and help from the community would be deeply appreciated.
The Head family, formerly of Brocton, moved to Cassadaga in 2011. On Feb. 15, 2013, they returned home from a family outing to the ice castle in Mayville to find their home filled with smoke. bob, who has been a volunteer fire fighter in Cassadaga and Brocton, called 911. The family watched as their home and everything they owned was destroyed by smoke from the smoldering fire and water damage from putting the fire out. After the fire, the Head family lived with relatives in Brocton for several months before they were able to move into a home of their own.
In August, they rented a home in the Willowbrook Trailer Court in Stockton. Bob and JoAnna had just begun to settle in when tragedy struck again. The home they rented was destroyed Nov. 4, 2013. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team determined that the fire started in the outer wall of the bathroom and was caused by an electrical short circuit of wiring in the wall. For the second time in a year, the family of six lost all of their possessions, their home, and their sense of security.
The family has once again moved in with family in Brocton while they negotiate their next steps. JoAnna's sister, Cindy Warlikowski, Cindy's husband Andrew, and their four children have once again opened their home to the Heads.
A fund has been established at Community Bank for the Head family. There will be a chicken dinner and Chinese auction on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the St. Stephen Hotel in Brocton. Funds raised will help the Head family as once again, they try to recover financially and emotionally from a fire that destroyed everything they owned.
Donations for the Chinese auction are being collected. If any community members or area businesses are able to donate items or gift certificates, their generosity would be greatly appreciated. To donate, call Brenda at 672-9353. Together, friends, neighbors and community members can help this family get their lives back.