Theo Boyd is grateful for things he’s received following a fire that destroyed part of his home and would like to thank people for their kindness.
Theo Boyd is grateful for things he’s received following a fire that destroyed part of his home and would like to thank people for their kindness. Tony Martin

Generosity turns sour between victims and a good Samaritan

MACKAY'S generosity has led to a public spat between victims of a house fire and a woman who just wanted to help.

Last Monday Theo Boyd and his mother Lora Boyd narrowly escaped the blaze that destroyed part of their South Mackay home and claimed the life of their dog.

Mr Boyd, who was working on a fuel pump in the shed when a spark suddenly ignited a nearby fuel tank, said he had lost close to $12,000 worth of property in the blaze. The flames engulfed the shed, several rooms of the house, a car, caravan and a motorbike.

Following the blaze, Mr Boyd's friend Hailey Hagean sprang into action, requesting donations for the family via Facebook.

Within a matter of days she had accumulated more than a garage full of furniture and clothes.

But the deed turned sour when she realised other good Samaritans had been donating directly to the Boyds, and they had more furniture than they needed.

After she made one delivery, each party grew suspicious of the other, Ms Hagean believing the Boyds were taking more than they needed, while the Boyds believed Ms Hagean was keeping the donations for herself.

The situation escalated after both sides aired their views publicly on Facebook.

Mr Boyd said there had been a misunderstanding.

"She (Ms Hagean) is just getting sour grapes because we've got what we need and I didn't ask for her help in the first place," he said.

Ms Hagaen disagreed.

"I helped support the family with donations with the generosity of the community," she said.

Ms Hagaen has since put the call out to all who gave her goods for Mr Boyd and his mother to reclaim them.

Meanwhile, Mr Boyd and his mother have found new accommodation and plan on holding a barbecue to say thank you to those who donated.



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