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Friends working to raise money for Jaffrey woman who lost house in fire Tuesday

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Several animals were saved in a fire in Jaffrey on Tuesday afternoon, though the house was severely damaged and the two who live there are displaced. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, April 19, 2019 3:44PM

Friends of Lorraine Dellasanta are asking the Jaffrey community to come together and give back to a woman who has always helped those in need.

Dellasanta and her daughter lost their North Street home in a fire on Tuesday afternoon. The fire department is investigating the cause, but nothing seemed suspicious. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for Dellasanta so she can rebuild her home, which appears to be a total loss.

“She’s been opening her home to people for years … she’s just one of those people. She sees someone in need and she tries to help,” said Stacy Weibel, who organized the GoFundMe account.

As of Friday afternoon the account has raised more than $600.

Weibel said Dellasanta grew up in the home, which is not insured. 

“It’s just terrible. I talked to her earlier and she doesn’t know what to do,” said Weibel, who said Dellasanta has known her since she was a child. 

Weibel said Dellasanta has endured much tragedy over the years, including a 1984 house fire at the North Street house, surviving breast cancer and the loss of her husband and son. She also takes care of her son Patrick, who suffers from brittle bone disease. 

Dellasanta was taking care of Patrick at his apartment when the fire broke out, Weibel said. 

“Many people have volunteered their time to her get her back on her feet … just about every guy we know around here works in construction,” Weibel said. “But we will have to take the house down, and we need materials.”

Jennifer Wright said she is working to put together a fundraising event to benefit Dellasanta.

“She hardly ever does anything for herself,” Wright said. “If you knocked on her door at 3 a.m., she would get up and do whatever she could.”

Dellasanta was instrumental in getting Wright’s boyfriend back on his feet. When he was homeless last year, Dellasanta gave him a place to stay. 

“She takes four-legged strays and two-legged strays,” Wright said. “She’s always on the go and always helping someone out.”

Wright said Dellasanta has taken in a number of stray and rescue animals over the years, and that she is routinely trying to help out others, whether it be giving them a place to stay, giving them rides or feeding them.

“I tell her every day that she’s Wonder Woman,” Wright said. “She’s older, but she has more spunk and energy than most teens and adults.”

Firefighters were able to remove a number of animals from the house including dogs, cats, bunnies and a hedgehog. One cat had to be revived with oxygen. 

One of Dellasanta’s dogs and her hedgehog have since died, Wright said. 

Wright said she is hoping to have a fundraising event in the coming weeks, potentially at the VFW or American Legion post in town. 

“I told her ‘you need to let people take care of you now. It’s time for people to come together and take care of you,’” Wright said. “She’s a giver, not a taker. She would give you her last dollar, even if that meant she would go without.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.