The Johnston family of Griffin is feeling very thankful after a house fire destroyed their home this weekend and a risky but successful home birth last month left the family of nine safe.
A GoFundMe page started this weekend already has $62,000 for the family and other donations, such as clothing and household items, keep coming in.
"The community has rallied together and we pretty much have everything, you know, as far as clothes and personal items that got lost in the fire. You know, just day-to-day items you use. And everyone has just banded together and we have clothes for all the kids," shared Danielle Johnston.
Johnston gave birth to triplets last month. The first one was born unexpectedly in her home and was in respiratory arrest. The young mother gave life-saving CPR to the infant while in labour with the other two. She said the babies, one girl named Karlee, and two boys named Liam and Jack, are doing fine as are their four older siblings - Dillon (15), Kate (9), Samuel (6) and Luke (3). While Karlee was born at home on July 16, the boys were birthed via Caesarean section in Regina hospital on July 17.
"The babies are doing great right now," shared Johnston. "The boys are six pounds and the little girl is just shy of six pounds. They're thriving."
The Johnstons are back in Griffin from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Regina and are staying in a trailer on their property for now. She said the care they received at the NICU was amazing.
Johnston said she and her husband Trevor are very grateful for all the support they've received.
"Thank-you from the bottom of my heart, and Trevor too. We're just so grateful that we live where we live. Thank-you so much."
Weyburn resident and previous NICU-mom Maegan Samenook has offered her three-car garage for donation drop-offs for the Johnston family within Weyburn. Anyone wishing to make arrangements can text her at 306-861-0197. The RM of Griffin is also accepting donations of cash and items, with storage at the town's recreation centre.