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May 8 car wash set to benefit Ceres family who lost ‘everything’
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The new Quick Quack Car Wash in Ceres will host a May 8 evening car wash to benefit a Ceres family who lost everything in a March 7 fire. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER /Courier photo

Jacob and Sara Ivey were awakened by a neighbor early in the morning on March 7 to find their Fifth Street home was on fire. They roused their two children and got out just in time with just the clothes on their backs.

Before it was over with, their home of 15 years was gutted and all their possessions destroyed.

“They lost everything,” said Ann Mora of Ceres, who is Jacob’s mother. “It was a matter of minutes. As soon as they got out of the house the ceiling fell down.”

The insurance company stepped in to place the Ivey family in a motel for temporary housing while they secured a duplex in Modesto for a lack of available housing in Ceres. The company is planning to rebuild the house at 1933 Fifth Street but the couple can use financial assistance with living expenses. That’s where Quick Quack Car Wash – brand new to Ceres – stepped in and offered to help.

Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, May 8 Quick Quack will be offering car washes free of charge in exchange for a donation to the family. Mora said the company also has committed to match dollar-for-dollar what is raised in those three hours.

“It’s going to help them so much,” said Mora.