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Community Rallies To Aid Elmwood Park Family After Fire

Lisa Tommolillo, left, and Siobhan Davila sell tickets to the pasta dinner to benefit the Vandervliet family of Elmwood Park.
Lisa Tommolillo, left, and Siobhan Davila sell tickets to the pasta dinner to benefit the Vandervliet family of Elmwood Park. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Joy, Kaitlyn, John and TJ Vanderfliet of Elmwood Park.
Joy, Kaitlyn, John and TJ Vanderfliet of Elmwood Park. Photo Credit: Facebook

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — An Elmwood Park family forced from their home by fire are taking comfort in the love and support shown them by others as they try to reassemble their lives.

John, Joy, Kaitlyn and TJ Vandervliet lost more of their possessions in the Oct. 29 blaze .

Since then, the support has been overwhelming, Joy Vandervliet told Daily Voice.People have sent clothes, money and toiletries as they try to take life day by day.

"Having my family live in two different places is definitely a struggle," Joy Vandervliet said.

They've been staying with John's mother, Barbara.

"They're handling it," Barbara Vandervliet said. "When you think about it what else can they do? They've got a lot of people backing them, so it's working out fine. It really is."

Friends and family have scheduled a pasta dinner on Saturday, Nov. 21, at American Legion Post 147 in Elmwood Park to help raise money.

More than 120 tickets had been sold as of Friday, Nov. 6, which put the effort more than halfway to the goal, said Lisa Tommolillo, one of the organizers.

"The community is really going way above and beyond for this family," ssaid Tommolillo, whose daughter, Gabriella started an online fundraiser for the Vanderfliets that raised more than $7,000.

Tickets will be available at the Elmwood Park Bombers Hut at the recreation complex Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

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