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Help sought for fire victims
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Two fundraisers have just been put together to help the Cooper family, who lost their home and all their belongings to a fire last month.

The first is Thursday at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s while St. Anne’s Catholic Church is organizing a fundraiser for March 6.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s owners Doug and Georgia Goolsby will be donating 15 percent of Thursday’s food and soft drink sales to the Cooper family, which includes Richmond Hill firefighter Michael Cooper and Richmond Hill school teacher Kathy Cooper.

Georgia Goolsby said she has personally witnessed the Cooper family volunteer countless hours to the Richmond Hill rec department "and Kathy has given a lot of her time to the schools, so we just wanted to help during their time of need."

Goolsby said the family needs cash more than materials because they are charged with coming up with the demolition costs at the site of their destroyed Spruce Street home. The Coopers plan to rebuild, but they must overcome this financial obstacle before they can begin to do so.

Meanwhile, tickets have just gone on sale for a St. Anne’s charity dinner on March 6. For the price of $8 for adults and $4 for children, a spaghetti dinner, including meatballs, salad, bread and soft drinks, will be served. All the proceeds are going to the Coopers.

"The dinner is not just for members of the Catholic church," said Joe Forlenza, firefighter and one of the organizers at St. Anne’s. "We want the entire city and county to come together on this. The Coopers have been there for this community and it’s time to return the favor."

Forlenza said the fundraiser is the brainchild of Father Joe Smith, "who lost his home on Tybee to fire and wanted to help." He said church member Darryl Petermann turned the concept into reality by putting a committee together and organizing the dinner.

"We just want to help," Petermann said. "As a former first responder myself, I’m proud to do this for a local firefighter and his family."

Tickets for the dinner are currently available at St. Anne’s, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, What’s the Scoop Café, Children’s Village at the Crossroads, Magnolia Manor and Bryan Bank & Trust.

Donations to the family can also be made at Bryan Bank & Trust or mailed to: Firefighter Michael Cooper Recovery Fund, c/o Sheena Holmes, P.O. Box 1299, Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324.

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