Breakfast fundraiser supports family who lost everything in devastating Ayre Drive fire last month

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Sunday two fire departments joined together to put on a breakfast fundraiser for two families who lost everything in a fire last month on Ayre Drive in McKownville. The fire was ruled accidental from careless cooking according to Guilderland Police.

It was 3:30 a.m. when a big fire broke out at an Ayre Drive home and it was a complete loss.

Amanda Sawyer came home in complete shock.

“The half that was gone was the half that my kids were sleeping in and then I saw Gio in a stretcher”, said Sawyer.

Sawyer’s two sons were in the hospital for a while but Sunday they were back to being the healthy boys she remembers them as.

She now has a new home and said she is extremely thankful for all the help she’s received.

“This is very humbling is the word and it’s amazing how everybody comes together. I’m shocked but I’m so happy and so grateful”, said Sawyer.

Lines were out the door, people waited to get their hot breakfast plate, and every plate became a donation to the fundraiser.

“Westmere has done a great job. We also had volunteers from McKownville come in last night and some are here today to help out with this event and everybody pitched in”, said Mark Malone of the McKownville Fire Department.

County Executive Dan McCoy also stopped by to show his support and Cub Scout members helped clean the tables.

“The community supports us and we support them. The best way for them to learn how to support the community is at a young age. It’s what I did, it’s what a lot of their parents did, so as we go we want them to learn that too”, said Scout Leader Robert Haessig.

“Because for my community, I think it’s important to contribute to the community and support one another”, said fundraiser donator Zulie Gundermann.

Sawyer’s mother is still in the hospital recovering but each day is another step to finding closure.

“I’m taking it day by day and I am looking towards the future”, said Sawyer.

This fundraiser went until noon Sunday and there was no real amount goal because it was simply a way to show the family they are being taken care of.

Donations for the family can also be made to:

Morrissey/Sawyer Fund

C/O Key Bank

1196 Western Ave

Albany, NY 12203

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