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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yummies Owner Loses "Everything" in House Fire [Updated]

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 2:26 PM

A fire this weekend destroyed the home of Jackie Phillips, owner of Yummies Soul Food Café. Phillips, her husband and their five children didn't suffer any serious injuries, but an employee at Yummies says the family lost "everything." Both Yummies and Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1444 South Compton Avenue are accepting donations to help the Phillips family. For those who might have clothing to donate, I'm working to get the ages and size ranges of the children. I'll update with more information as I have it.

Update: (Wednesday, 12.22, 2:25 p.m.) I just spoke with Lorna Brown-Miller, the social services director at Mt. Zion. She tells me that Phillips is back at work at Yummies. She and her family are in temporary accomodations; their house faces a gut rehab. Brown-Miller says Phillips understands that Christmas is a tough time to ask for help, but "whatever is possible, they'll humbly accept." For those who might be able to donate clothing, the family's sizes are after the jump. For more info, you can contact Brown-Miller at Mt. Zion at 314-776-3888.

1-year-old girl: 24-month size

5-year-old girl: child's size 6-6x, size 1 shoe

7-year-old boy: child's size 8, size 4 shoe

12-year-old boy: medium shirt, 30/30 pants, 10 1/2 shoe

16-year-old boy: large shirt, 32/32 pants, 10 1/2 shoe

Jackie Phillips: woman's size 12, 10 shoe

husband: XL shirt, 34 pants, 12 shoe

Besides everyday clothes, the family needs sleepwear, underwear, etc.

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