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Good neighbors give all hope

Considering the rapid and generous community response after a Krum school board member’s house was destroyed by fire recently, we can understand why the family is likely to rebuild in Krum.

We commend all of those who have stepped forward to help Donna Hooper and her family since their home of 16 years went up in flames — the emotional and financial support provided reassure us once again that there really are a lot of good people in the world.

The home, located along a rural stretch of two-lane FM1173 just outside of Krum, caught fire Oct. 2. Authorities have arrested a young man on a charge of burglary of habitation with intended other felony (arson) in connection with the fire.

Hooper’s daughter, a senior, plays volleyball at Krum High School, and families, teammates and coaches from the volleyball team came to the family’s aid with gift cards, toiletries and clothing. And the outpouring of support didn’t stop there.

Employees at Northstar Bank of Texas said an account has been set up for the family, and anyone interested in making a donation can do so by visiting any branch office and indicating they’re supporting the Hooper Family Benefit.

Hooper is vice president of the Krum school board and a government professor at North Central Texas College in Corinth. Colleagues with both groups have pitched in to offer support.

A collection for the family was taken Oct. 2 at the Krum High homecoming bonfire, and a private collection has been taken by staff at the central administration building to purchase gift cards for the family, said Christina Kruse, the school district’s public information officer.

Roy Culberson, dean of the NCTC campus at Corinth, said people there have sent warm wishes, gift cards, food, clothes and money to support Hooper and her family.

Sonein Noack, whose daughter plays volleyball with Hooper’s daughter, established the “Hooper Family Benefit Page” on Facebook shortly after the fire occurred. She said it’s a message board where people can read and post information on how to help the family.

Hooper said her family has attempted to get their lives back to some normalcy and recently moved into temporary housing in Krum.

Donna and Scott Hooper are listed as the owners of the five-acre property on FM1173, according to Denton County tax records.

In an e-mailed statement last week, Scott Hooper thanked those who’ve offered support since the fire and recognized “the Denton County Sheriff’s Department and in particular investigator Marco Deleon for his continued efforts regarding this investigation, a true professional in every way.”

Considering the troubles in the world today, it’s easy to become discouraged, but there’s nothing like the support of good neighbors to help us through the bad times and give us hope for the future.

Thanks to all who have helped — your kindness provides a timely reminder of what’s really important.