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Local thrift store accepting donations for Pastor in need

LOCAL TRAGEDY: This home was damaged during a fire Saturday night.  As a result the family has lost all of their possessions so church members are holding a drive to collect donations.  Photo by Dart Spiers

LOCAL TRAGEDY: This home was damaged during a fire Saturday night. As a result the family has lost all of their possessions so church members are holding a drive to collect donations.
Photo by Dart Spiers

The Citadel Store House is accepting donations for a local Pastor and his family who lost everything when their house caught fire last Saturday.

Pastor Joseph Robbie Schaubhut awoke around 10:30 p.m. that night to find the roof of his Caesar Road home on fire, said Citadel Church member Scharrie Robin. Schaubhut and his wife, Promise, escaped the house with their 14-year-old son Zacharia, but Schaubhut was injured when he fell through the roof attempting to extinguish the flames with a garden hose.

“He burned his foot very badly,” said Robin.

Pearl River County Fire Marshal Albert Lee said that Schaubhut received second-degree burns on his foot after falling through the roof. Lee added that it was an accidental fire caused by a wood-burning stove.

Southeast, McNeill, Carriere and Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the call, said Lee.

Now, the Schaubhuts’ home of 18 years has been condemned and the family has lost everything they owned in the fire.

Schaubhut is the Pastor at Citadel Church in Poplarville as well as His Place in Lumberton. The Citadel Store House is a thrift store owned and operated by the church, and they are asking the community to help a family in need.

“Pastor Schaubhut has been giving to people for 18 years,” said Robin, “So now we’re asking for people to give to him.”

To offer financial help or any other assistance, visit the Citadel Store House off Exit 27 in Poplarville. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the store at 601-795-0015.