Marshall Fire survivors donated a home for a full year


COMMERCE CITY, Colo (KDVR) — We first told you about Julianne McKay last month.

The single mother, student and full-time worker suddenly found herself in a cramped hotel room with her three children following the Marshall fire.

“It was hard for me to do everything,” McKay said. “But I continue.”

His story resonated with developer Joe DelZotto, owner of Delwest.

“I’ve had a lot of Delwest employees call me and text me saying, ‘What can we do?'” DelZotto said.

The company is building a large development in the former Mile High Greyhound Park in Commerce City and quickly came up with a plan.

“We planned to have a few model homes here, and the housing market was very strong here, so we thought we could live without one of our model homes and be happy to offer it to a family in the need,” says DelZotto.

On Saturday, McKay and her three children, Troy, Ginger and Ezekiel, entered their home for the first time.

They will be able to live there rent-free for an entire year, while thinking about the future.

“I have no words, it’s amazing,” McKay said through tears. “I never thought this was going to happen, it’s unbelievable.” Inside the house, even more surprises were in store.
A non-profit organization called Build a Bedroom has surprised kids with toys, beds, artwork, and more.
Nine-year-old Ginger could barely contain her excitement, jumping up and down after entering her room.

“It’s simply the best,” she said. “I don’t know what to say other than ‘Wow!’
DelZotto says the feedback has been invaluable and hopes the generosity will give the family a boost.

“There is something in the air in Colorado. I don’t know what it is, but there is a sense of giving and community,” he says. “It’s more than just a home, it’s a community of people.”

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