Members of the Orono Fire Department and University Credit Union teamed up to make the holidays a brighter for a family that was devastated by a fire last month.

The Clancy family on Dufour Lane has been temporarily displaced by the fire since Nov. 3. The home home was not a complete loss, but due to the fire damage the family, which has two children with special needs, is staying elsewhere while their home undergoes extensive repairs.

That situation led the Orono Firefighters Association Local 3106 to decide to go an extra step after the fire, according to firefighter and union president Aaron Jellison.

“With it being close to the holidays, and the children having their medical conditions, we decided we want to help more,” said Jellison. “We reached out to University Credit Union to get a donation drop site set up, then reached out and asked the community to help out.

Residents of the community contributed more than $1,000 to help out the Clancys, a gesture that mother Karen Clancy said she found overwhelming in its kindness.

“The firefighters were so good to us the night of the fire, got to our home so quickly, and were so helpful,” said Clancy. “But then for them to do this as well – I can’t put into words howmuch this means to us.”

Jellison said the new partnership with UCU that has been established could be used to help other families in the future.

“Having done this, we would be able to react more quickly in helping out,” he said.

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