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Basketball double header on Tuesday aims to help Torrington family displaced by fire.

POSTED January 22, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: On Wednesday, January 18, a Torrington family lost nearly everything in a fire at their Chestnut Avenue apartment.

The family of four, a single mother and three children, are now living in a local hotel as they look for a way to put their lives back together after that terrible day.

Paula DeRubeis and her three children, including twins Anthony Chiravolo (10th grade) and Allie Chiravolo (10th grade) have experienced everyone’s worse nightmare.

The Torrington community, as it usually does, is looking to do something about it.

On Tuesday night, there will be a basketball double-header at THS with the boys taking on rival Naugatuck at 5:30 p.m. and the girls battling the Greyhounds at 7:30.

A fundraiser is planned for that night to help raise much needed funds to start the process of rebuilding.

The Torrington Police Athletic League will be bringing their fourth-grade team, coached by Matt Parkhouse to perform between the two games.

The twins are involved in sports at THS with Anthony an offensive and defensive lineman while Allie plays for the Raiders volleyball team

On Saturday, an effort spearheaded by parent Tara Curry took place at the home with Raider head coach Gaitan Rodriguez and some of his players pitched in to help out.

Curry, who Rodriguez only half joking calls his “Head of Football Operations”, has been the leader for a very active parents group that had just held their end of the year banquet at the Elk Club in Torrington on Sunday.

Players Ora Curry, Bryce Coudriet, Zach Sweeney, Jacob Allen, Daniel Scheerer, Jacob Rangoni, Jacob Coleman, Dallas Neilan all stepped up to help a teammate and his family on Saturday afternoon.

Think of what you would need after a fire.

Think of what you would need to move forward again.

At this time, with the family in need of a great deal, the place to start is with cash or gift cards so things like clothing can be replaced and meals purchased.

Gift certificates to local restaurants are most certainly welcome.

Items such as gently used clothing are, as of the time I’m writing this, not being asked for yet as the family has no place to put them until they find a permanent place to live.

A GoFundMe page has been created for cash donations as well.

Go to gofundme/pleasehelpfamilyafterfire for more information.

Look for an updated story on these efforts as we get more information.

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