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East Prairie twins get help after losing everything in house fire


An East Prairie community is coming together in support of a family who lost their home and a dog in a house fire Friday night.

The family of three includes two twins, Austin and Levi, and their mother, who lost everything in the house fire.

A truckload of clothes was donated to the family over the weekend, along with some toys thanks to the East Prairie Police Department.. 

To the family's surprise, this help was already in the works for the family before the fire.

The twins were picked to be a part of the East Prairie Police Department's first ever shop with a cop program.

In the past, bicycles were allegedly stolen from the twins, but the boys had positive encounters with law enforcement.  

East Prairie Police Captain Joleda Douglas decided to use $100 of her own money in order to take the 9-year-old twins out shopping.

A local church in East Prairie also donated $100.

Douglas and her partner took them to Walmart in Sikeston where they were able to get their gifts.

After the shopping trip, Douglas helped deliver a total of two truckloads of clothes and toys to the family's temporary home.

The East Prairie Police Department hoped to start the shop with the cop program last year, however, there wasn't enough money available.

That is why Douglas hopes this helps give back to the family a small part of what they lost for Christmas and their lives in the fire. 

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