A holiday to remember for veteran and her kids

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 18:30:27-05

Army Veteran, Adela Wilches, and her two kids woke up on Veterans Day at 3 a.m. to their house in flames after their oven exploded. 

"All I thought about was getting us out," Wilches said.

Wilches is a Texas native but has been living in Buffalo for the past 13 years and in the home that caught fire for more than a year.

"When we went to the kitchen, everything was up in flames and it was too late for us to save anything that we had," she said.

Wilches says she does not have homeowners insurance. 

Empire One Credit Union adopted the Wilches through Western New York Heroes.

"Empire one embodies the credit union philosophy, 'people helping people,' and going out in the community and searching for individuals who may be struggling within their needs," Jim Furman, Empire One's CEO, said.

Furman says the company help a dinner drive and Empire Once matches the money that was raised. 

"It is really a blessing and it really shows that there are kind and caring people that are willing to help veterans in need," Wilches said.

Wilches says she plans on rebuilding and eventually moving back in with her family. 

For the 'YouCaring' fundraising page, click here.