Since 10TV News reported the story of a veteran and his fiance being robbed while they were
giving birth to their child, people called and e-mailed us, wanting to know how they could help.
Tom Sheehan and Tonya Verduga have received an outpouring of support from strangers, after their home was burglarized and their Christmas presents stolen, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported on Thursday.
Members of the Liberty Township Fire Department, in Powell, are adopting the family.
A firefighter who served with Sheehan in Iraq saw his story on 10TV News and decided to pitch in his own money to help the family get back on their feet.
Sheehan, Verduga and their new baby, Jonathan, left the hospital on Thursday, two days after their home was ransacked.
The couple said they were shocked by the generosity of others.
"You don't expect anything like that," Sheehan said. "And then you see it all and it's overwhelming and it makes you feel great. It's good to know with all the bad people, there's just as many good."
VFW post 3320 in Marysville is collecting gifts on behalf of the family. They are taking donations on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the post, located at 15237 Industrial Parkway. They will also take donations at the same time Monday.
People can make out checks to:
VFW Post 3320
P.O. Box 319
Marysville, OH 43040
Attention Tom Sheehan fund
For more information call the post at 937-644-1080.
The Westerville VFW Post 7883 is also taking donations through the mail.
Send donations to:
VFW Post 7883
P.O. Box 1661
Westerville, OH 43086
Attention Sheehan fund
Watch 10TV News HD and refresh 10TV.com for continuing coverage.
December 8, 2010:
Veteran, Fiancee, Burglarized While Giving Birth