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Salon holds benefit for Skipper family

The fire not only displaced the family but divided it as well. The parents lived with family for a short time before moving into a hotel, and the three children resided with friends so they could catch the bus to school every morning.

"We finally got everyone under one roof. Last Friday [Jan. 22] we moved into a home," said Linda Skipper.

For the time being, the family's Park Avenue home remains unlivable, with fire damage stretching from the garage area on the first floor to the second floor.

"I love my home, I would really like to get back into my house," said Skipper.

She said the structure is sound, but the damage would have to be repaired before the family can move back in.

While another benefit for the family has not yet been planned, the Chamber is still encouraging its members to make donations to the family.

"We're encouraging our members to give them gift cards," said Erika Gauthier, program and membership manager for the Chamber.

Kathy Burbank, Executive Director of the chamber, specifically mentioned the need for gift cards to Target, Wal-mart and Crossgates Mall.

"The structure of the house is saved, but they lost everything from the walls down," said Burbank.

Donations for the Skipper family can be sent to the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce at 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084.

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