February 11, 2011 
Students, staff support fire victim

GOFFSTOWN - A Goffstown elementary school is coming together to help a custodian whose home was destroyed by fire.

David Moody said the only thing he was able to salvage from his burned-out apartment was a $2 bill. The home was destroyed Friday night when flames ripped through an apartment building on Ash Street.

"I unlocked the door, and my house had flames on this side and my house was just full of smoke," he said.

Moody is a custodian at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, and when the school heard about his situation, there was an outpouring of support.

"We are a very generous community here," said Principal Suzanne Pyszka. "People step up on these occasions and we like David, so we're really happy to do it."

School officials said teachers, staff, students and parents have come forward to help with everything from furniture to gift cards. Officials said they have collected more than $500 in gift cards for groceries, gas and other retail stores.

Moody said he's humbled by the way the school family is getting behind him.

"It makes me think of hope," he said. "It makes me feel there's a good ending to it. It doesn't look like it's going to be an ugly thing. It's going to be a happy ending."

For now, he's living in a hotel and looking for an apartment. But he said he's going to get the $2 bill framed. Before the fire, it was in a drawer with some important papers, all of which were destroyed. The bill wasn't even singed.

"I just keep it in my truck as a good luck charm," he said. "I'm going to frame it and put it in my new apartment because everybody says it has to be a lucky if it didn't burn."

Moody said he plans to hang the bill up on a wall when he gets a new home.



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