HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. – After a deadly fire earlier this month killed five members of a family, Henry County is doing their part to help the survivors.
They raised $54,200 during a fundraiser on Thursday, which will go into a trust fund for the two children who made it out of the fire.
It has been two weeks since the family of five was killed in a fire in their rural Henry County home.
Jimmy and Carrie Pollack died, along with three of their children, 3-year-old Callie Pollack, 4-year-old Ivy Pollack, and 14-year-old Jimmy Pollack Jr. Two other children, 13-year-old Lily Pollack and her 8-year-old sister Rose were able to escape the home.
Now, the two children who escaped are being raised by their grandmother and relying on help from the community.
“My main concern is taking care of my grandkids. They come first. Sometimes, when I have a little time to myself I sort of let loose,” said Charlene Pollack.
Charlene says Lilly and Rose are making it, but have a long road ahead without both parents.
“I try not to pressure them. I let them do it on their own pace but I know it is hard for them,” she said.
Since the tragedy, the community has been there to make it as easy as possible.
“That’s what we do here in Henry County. We take care of Henry countians and we just show up and do what we need to do,” said Ray Summers, a lifelong resident of Paris, Tennessee.
In a town of 10,000 people, more than a quarter ate lunch for a cause on Thursday to help the family.
Charlene says the help will make a lasting impression on the young girls.
“I hate that it had to happen under these circumstances but there is still good people,” said Charlene.
The Henry County sheriff says it is a sense of closure for a community of first responders who lost something on that April night, too.
“It gives you the feeling of giving something back to the Pollack family, and that is what we want,” explained Sheriff Monte Belew.
Anyone who would like to donate to the family can do so at the Security Trust in Henry County.