The community is helping a couple who lost everything just weeks before their 50th wedding anniversary, after a fire tore through their home on New Year's Day.
Family and friends surprised Tony and Lucille Garcia with a plate sale on Sunday, outside the couple's home on 6762 Montgomery Drive, to raise money for the couple. Bill Miller's and several organizations donated food for the event.
The money raised will help the couple purchase necessities like clothes and hygiene products after losing nearly everything in the fire.
"I told my husband, I want to go home," Lucille Garcia said.
A pile of burned wood now covers the rooms that once housed more than three decades of memories, including the wedding dress Lucille was married in and six pets that were ripped away from the couple leaving them with a heavy heart.
Lucille Garcia says after nearly 50 years of marriage they have to start from scratch just weeks before their anniversary.
Tony Garcia, her husband, served in the Army for 25 years and says he worked hard to pay off his mortgage with the help of his wife. About three years ago the couple paid off their home and said they did not have homeowners insurance because they could not afford it.
The fire marked another hurdle for the Garcias. In 2017, a tornado ripped off the roof of their home.
The Garcias hope they can one day rebuild their home on the land where their family flourished, but in the meantime they're taking it one day at a time.
Patty's Taco House plans to host a plate sale for the Garcias on January 28, 2018.
If you would like to help the Garcias you can also donate at their online fundraiser.