Benefit set for victims of fire

WILLIAMS – When asked, Ryan Lentz admits he’s had better days.

That’s because on Saturday, Nov. 23 at approximately 5 p.m., a fire destroyed his family’s home at 503 Second St. in Williams.

While all family members – Lentz, his wife Crystal, and children Cole McDonald, Kylie McDonald and Noah Lentz – escaped from the burning structure, the house was a total loss.

In the ensuing weeks, neighbors, friends and the Williams community have stepped up to help the family deal with the devastating loss.

Neighbor Linda Solberg initiated a drive to collect household furnishings, appliances and clothing. Even though Solberg only casually knows her next door neighbors, she was compelled to do the neighborly thing and put out the word that the family was in need.

Soon, donations began pouring in, said Solberg.

“There came a stove and a refrigerator and living room furniture and a dining room set,” said Solberg.

“Our small community really stepped up,” said Solberg. “The people and the churches really came together to help them.”

On Friday, Northeast Hamilton Schools will be hosting a free- will offering dinner to benefit the Lentz family. The dinner will take place during the NEH vs. Clarksville Girls and Boys JV and Varsity basketball games.

The Lentz family, who has recently moved to a temporary home outside of Williams, is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Williams community.

“Everybody has just been wonderful,” said Crystal Lentz. “Thank you for everything to everybody who has done this for us.”