New Yorkers Reach Out to Family of Infant Girl Killed in Brooklyn Fire

NY Daily News - December 26, 2010

by Corinne Lestch AND Samuel Goldsmith

New Yorkers are pouring their hearts out to the distraught family of a Brooklyn infant fatally hurt in a house fire, offering Christmas presents and cash to help rebuild their lives.

The godmother of 4-month-old Aniyah Vaughan said the family was "holding up fine" yesterday, spending Christmas in a hotel as supporters from all walks of life came out of the woodwork.

"They just want to be together for Christmas, as a family," said Nikita Bowen.

Little Aniyah died Thursday after a fire engulfed the family's Bedford-Stuyvesant home.

Her mother, Felecia Vaughan, helped eight children out, but was unable to reach the baby in time.

Members of the FDNY and NYPD brought gifts and money to the Vaughans late Friday, said Bowen.

Majestic Funeral Services in Hollis, Queens, called to offer a free service, she said.

Daily News readers overwhelmed by the tragic story are eager to send money, clothes and gifts.

"I just read the article and feel so sorry for the family," News reader Suzana said in an email to the paper.

"My heart goes out to this family," added News reader Tara Westbrook. "I know it won't bring the baby back, but with this being the holidays, I would love to help them."

Anyone wishing to donate to the Vaughan family can send a check to Thornhill Community Supportive Services, 381 Herkimer St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213.