Twitter philanthropist helps Texas family after losing everything in house fire

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BURKBURNETT, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — A sign of hope is beaming on a Burkburnett, Texas, family that lost their house to a fire on Sunday.

Twitter philanthropist Bill Pulte saw the GoFundMe set up after our digital content producer tweeted at Pulte asking for help.

Around 4 p.m., Pulte tweeted the GoFundMe link and donated $1,000.

Pulte and his followers helped reach the GoFundMe goal in just a few minutes.

At the time of publication, the GoFundMe had received over 1,100 donations and raised over $17,000.

Donors are using terms like, ‘#TeamPulte,’ ‘I saw where Pulte was supporting you, even if it’s a small amount,’ ‘Pulte shared the message, and I believe that a little help can go a long way,’ and similar messages.

According to officials, around 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, Burkburnett Fire Department arrived at the 700 block of Reagan Street and found the house fully engulfed.

According to sources close to the family, the family of 12 made it to safety, and nobody was injured.

The home was destroyed along with all of the family’s possession.

Another family friend has made a plea on social media for donations of clothing, furniture, and everyday items to help get the Kosechata’s back on their feet.

“Now’s the time to pay it forward, please,” Michael Lowe, a family friend, said in a Facebook post. “It doesn’t have to be big, as every little bit adds up and helps.”

Lowe is urging those who are able or need to clean out their closet to send him a direct message on Facebook for an address to ship items of clothing.

A list of sizes for needed clothing items can be found below:

AgeGenderShoe SizeShirt SizePants Size
ChildFemale9.513/MediumMedium
ChildFemale1Y7/8T7/8T
ChildFemale12C6T6T
ChildFemale11C6T6T
AdultFemale7MediumMedium**
AdultFemale7MediumMedium**
AdultFemale7.5MediumMedium
AdultFemale8XLLarge**
AdultMale9.5LargeLarge
AdultMale10LargeLarge

** Pants, leggings, and sweatpants requested

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