Family in need of help after losing EVERYTHING

May 13, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

It’s an awful situation for a wonderful Western New York family. We are sharing their story with the hopes they will get some help from our amazing community.

It all started on a FREEZING cold January day at their Springville home.

“At the time my wife, Kaitlyn, was six months pregnant with our second child, she woke me up at 3:30 AM to tell me she heard water gushing on the first floor,” homeowner, Greg Stowell writes in a post, “I ran down stairs and sure enough there was water pouring from our dinning room and kitchen ceilings along the walls of the kitchen and into the basement. I am a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Springville Volunteer Fire Department (SFD) and am well aware that water and electricity do not mix. I sprinted down the basement stairs and immediately shut of the water and electrical supplies to the house.”

It was a disaster. Problem after problem. From flooding to asbestos.  After all was said and done. After the experts, the insurance adjusters, contractors and others came and went – the bottom line was not good for this family. The home was a total loss – along with everything inside.  The family has been staying with relatives.

Fast forward a few months later and an update from Greg, “On April 11, 2019 we welcomed our beautiful baby boy in this world and now due to our current situation we are living in my parents 200 square foot finished basement. A family of four which includes a 2 1/2 year old toddler and a newborn in a 200 square foot basement! We finally received the check to move forward with the asbestos abatement however, this also means everything we own is now gone! We do not have money to pay for all of our contents to be decontaminated (reminder that option is only if it can be) and we do not have money for replacement of everything we have worked so hard for.”

It’s become too much for the Stowell family. They need help. “I volunteer to serve my community as a firefighter/EMT. We are not the type of people to look for handouts, however, as a Husband and a Father nothing is beneath me to look out for my family. IMAGINE EVERYTHING YOU OWN IN YOUR HOUSE…WE ARE NOW GOING TO BE STARTING WITH NOTHING. NO CLOTHES NO FURNITURE NO BEDS NO BEDDING NO TOWELS NO ELECTRONICS NO APPLIANCES NO KIDS TOYS NO BOOKS NO WINDOW COVERINGS WE HAVE NOTHING! We are asking, that if you can help no matter how little we will be forever grateful to you! Thank you so much for your generosity in Advance! The Stowell’s (Greg, Kaitlyn, Emmeline, and Jayden)”

So.. how can you help? There are a few ways.

The family is in need of anything and everything for their children and their home. It does NOT have to be new – it can be GENTLY used.

Here is what they are in need of.

Kids toys and books, girls clothing 4T, boys clothing 0-6 months. They need small kitchen appliances, furniture (including beds, couch, dining table and chairs) and window coverings. The family says if they get anything they do not need or duplicates – they will donate it back to the community.

If you would like to help, you can drop items off at their home – they are going there often to pick up anything left – they have a covered front porch.

12805 Buffalo Road
Springville, NY 14141.

You can donate to the family’s GoFundMe account by CLICKING HERE. 


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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