By TESA GLASS
---- — BELLE RIVE — Members of this small community are rallying to help one of their own after a fire destroyed a home last week.
Vicky Nichols and her children lost their home at 20986 E. Bakerville Rd., as well as all their belongings during a fire on May 15."They need a home," said Christie Foster, one of the organizers of the effort to help the family. "They need a lot, but in the long term, it's a home they need the most."Nichols is a long-time employee of Wilkey's Restaurant, and has been known for helping others in the community."She is very deserving," Foster said. "She has worked hard all her life, and never took anything from anybody. We want to do something for her."Foster said Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County has agreed to build a home for the Nichol and her three children still living at home — if the community can raise the funds."They will build the house, and we've been asking for donated materials," Foster said. "Todd Ham of THam Signs has agreed to set the trusses for us. Lowes and Mt. Vernon TV and Appliance has agreed to help. There's a lot of work to do, and we're just starting to do it."The effort to help the family is being spearheaded by Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church. A spaghetti Supper benefit has been scheduled to be held at the church Outreach Center on June 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 1.Meals served will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, breadsticks and dessert. In addition to the meal, there will be a live auction. A special donation account has been set up with Peoples National Bank, c/o Nichols Family Benefit Fund, Dahlgren, IL 62828.