Community gives back to Calverton woman whose home was destroyed in fire
A community is gathering together to help a Calverton woman whose home went up in flames.
A fire destroyed Katie Polk's trailer home in the Ramblewood Trailer Park on Saturday.
Friends and neighbors are trying to assist Polk because they say she has dedicated her life to helping others.
Dawn Madigan was with Polk when they drove up to see the trailer home engulfed in flames.
The two had just been in Queens to help a woman who had just gotten out of prison.
For years, Polk worked as a puppeteer and helped nuns at a nearby convent.
Polk says for all of her life, she has always been focused on helping others and says her positivity and faith are very important to her.
"I really sometimes feel the presence and faith of God," Polk said.
She lost almost everything in the fire, including several cats that were like family to her.
Polk says amid all the destruction, she believes something new will rise and she is not wasting time mourning.
Madigan started a GoFundMe page for her friend, which has already earned tens of thousands of dollars.
"All the humor, all the laughter, dancing is her way of coping, and she's amazing and her faith is unbridled and she's just one of the most amazing people I've ever known in my life," Madigan said.
Polk says she wants to stay in Calverton and is astounded by all of the support she has been getting.
"The people here have been so great," Polk said.
Anyone who would like to donate to the GoFundMe campaign to help Polk can do so here.
The town fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.