A family that lost everything in a New Year’s Day fire has received help to rebuild from 84 Lumber.
The nation’s largest privately-held pro dealer is giving the Salgado family of Avondale, Ariz. $25,000 toward a new home.
The happy ending would not have happened without heroic neighbor Carolyn Palisch.
She spent 40 years working as a geriatric nurse and now currently works in a wellness facility. Palisch was up early getting ready for work on Jan.1 but smelled smoke and quickly realized the Salgado’s house was on fire.
David and Nicole Salgado, along with their four children and three pets, wouldn’t have made it out in time if it wasn’t for Palisch, who banged on the door and rang their doorbell until the family woke up and ran outside.
The roof collapsed just minutes later with the entire scene captured on the family’s Ring Doorbell.
“When we heard the Salgado family’s story and how their neighbor heroically saved them, we knew we wanted to help them get back on their feet,” said 84 Lumber President Maggie Hardy Knox. “If anyone understands the importance of ‘home,’ it’s 84 Lumber. We are thankful for the Kelly Clarkson Show for helping us with this exciting surprise and helping the family rebuild their home.”
The Salgados, who are both medical assistants, lost everything in the fire, including the one car they shared to drive to work together and take their kids to school.
The family is now squeezed in with their grandparents, and the kids have gone back to virtual learning, until they can figure out their new living arrangement.
84 Lumber said that it hopes their gift will help them move back into their own home soon.
Palisch has been recognized by her local fire department for saving a life. She also appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show to help surprise the family with the donation.
“What do you say to someone who literally saved your whole world,” Nicole Salgado told Palisch on the show. “But when I look at my kids every day, I’m thankful to you.”
The show gave Palish and her husband a 7-day trip to the Yasawa Island Resort and Spa in Fiji.
Click here to view the full surprise donations on the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 locations in over 30 states.