Viewers' generosity helps family displaced by balcony collapse


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Viewers' generosity helps family displaced by balcony collapse

By Shannon Sims. CREATED Nov 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 1, 2013

MILWAUKEE - TODAY'S TMJ4 viewers show tremendous generosity toward a family who lost everything in a balcony collapse. The Andrews family has been through a lot in the last two months. The family of five were forced out of their home into a one room motel room.


Weeks later Robin Andrews returned to the condemned building only to find thieves had stolen electronics, his children's social security cards and his children's toys vandalized.

"We had what we thought was a home that was immediately snatched away to no fault of our own," Andrew said "And it has been one roller coaster ride after another."

The principal at Horace Mann Elementary School in West Allis heard about the Andrews' family's misfortune. So he, his staff and students donated books, games, food and clothes.

Two-year-old Karma Andrews was overjoyed to see her Leap Pad was replaced while her older sister Lauren was excited to see all the new books she buries herself in. Dad was just happy to see his kids smile again.

"Thank you all to all the good Christian people out there and all the ones that know what it means to be down on your luck and have hard times, I appreciate you all."

Robin Andrews is still working to move his family out of the motel and into a rental property.

Shannon Sims

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Shannon Sims joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team after working (most recently) with the morning team on FOX19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.