Hawaii Family Looking For Help After Fire

Kangichy Welle
Kangichy Welle

HONOLULU (KHNL) --   A family of a young boy killed in a Salt Lake house fire is struggling to rebuild their lives.

Even as they prepare to bury the four year old victim back home in Micronesia.

Moanalua Mortuary is a place where many lives end. Caskets are grim reminders of death and loved ones lost. Like four year old John Rex Ceasar, killed in a Salt Lake house fire earlier this month.

A tragedy made even more painful by the upcoming holidays. "The family is going to miss him very much, especially over the holidays which remind them of John." says family spokesman, Kangichy Welle.

But this mortuary is also a place where an Oahu family is getting help starting a new life, after that deadly fire took everything they had. The family has already received donations of clothing, shoes, and housewares. "When people give what they have out of love it really is a great help." adds Welle.

But because the family is without a home, the mortuary will store donated furniture and household items until they can get back on their feet. "We wanted to do as much as we could for this family in their time of grief," says co-owner Claus Hansen.

Moanalua Mortuary also cut the cost of the child's funeral. And money is important to the family struggling with the loss of their home and their four year old. Because it will be costly to find a new home. Something they have been searching for desperately. "Housing for the family is the uppermost thing we need to take care of." says Welle.

They hope to find a place soon, because one day after Thanksgiving, there will be the viewing for John.

Then his body is sent home to Chuuk.

Though the family will say goodbye to their loved one, they hope to keep alive their American dreams.

"Keeping our dream in focus is what keeps our hope alive, which is a better life tomorrow if we work at it."

If you would like to help, you can drop off new or gently used household items to Moanalua Mortuary at 1150 Kikowaena Street during business hours. Or go to any Bank of Hawaii branch to make a donation in memory of John Rex Ceasar.