How to Help the Family Whose House Was Leveled in Explosion

Find out how you can help the Klimala family, who lost everything Monday afternoon.

Some might call the Klimala family "lucky"—no one was hurt when their home in the 700 block Lambeth Lane near New Lenox was leveled in an explosion Monday afternoon. 

But the loss of their home, and almost everything in it entirely, has rendered owners Frank and Natalie and their family in need of basic necessities, in addition to some luxuries for younger family members. The family and its five children, ranging from 2 years old to 19 years old, were not home at the time of the explosion. The family cat, turtle and lizard did not survive.

Friend of the family Julie Quinn has sprung into action and spearheaded a collection—including toys for boys ages 3 and 10—as well as other household items. 

"Anything that is donated will not be turned away," Quinn said. "If I was in this situation, I would want for someone to step up. Every little bit helps." 

Items sought include:

  • furniture: couches, kitchen tables, etc.
  • gift cards: Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, restaurants
  • toys: geared toward boys, ages 3 and 10 

“We are happy everyone is OK. We have life," Frank Klimala’s sister Joyce Zelazik, told Sun-Times reporters Monday. "We can always build another house.

“There’s nothing. ... As long as they’re OK, everything else can be replaced.”

A GiveForward page has been established in the family's name. Anyone interested in donating can contact Quinn at 815-295-1810 to make arrangements. 

Do you know of more donation efforts? Tell us in the comments, and we'll add to the list. 
New Lenox Citizen April 10, 2014 at 07:06 PM
That's funny justice. My wife feels the same way i do about this situation. Booya!
New Lenox Citizen April 10, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Time of crisis??? There are many people who need more help than this family. Give me a break
Amber Good April 11, 2014 at 08:59 AM
My family had a house fire when I was younger. We had to move out for a long time, and everything was ruined by fire/smoke/heat/water. My parents and brother were lucky to get out before getting hurt. My parents had plenty of cash, and we had great insurance that covered it all. BUT the first couple days after the fire, not one of us were capable of shopping for the items we needed (toiletries, clothes, blankets, ect) We were in this sort of shell shocked state. We lost everything, like this family in the article. It MOST CERTAINLY is a time of CRISIS when you unexpectedly lose your home. That's where our friends and community stepped in. The helped provide us with what we needed for a few days, and they opened their homes to us until we could find something semi-permanent. They may not financially NEED the donations, but unless you've lost like this, you don't understand the psychological toll. I hope some of you that are opposed to how others choose to help their community can see this from a different point of view, not just dollars and if there are others who need it more. It's not your job to tell others how and where to give. Also, given the time of the explosion, and how close that time was with the time their son got home from school, I highly doubt they would have taken that chance to lose their son for insurance fraud. There was about a 1/2 hour difference.
New Lenox Citizen April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Blah blah blah. I'm sure the insurance company cut them a big fat check weeks ago . I'm sure they have been put into a rental weeks ago and provided them with everything needed to survive . In the meantime I'm sure they will continue to stash all the gift cards, cash, etc. THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS IMMEDIATELY!!! I'm in the business I know how it works . Then after the investigation if they found someone else was liable they will subrogate and recoup the money they paid
Amber Good April 11, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Blah blah.. ouch. Was that really necessary? It's so easy to lack compassion and display assholery (yes, I made up that word) when you can hide behind an anonymous name. Which insurance company are you with? I certainly don't want to give any business your way with your attitude towards those in despair.


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