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Monmouth Beach Fire Victim Receiving Support From Community

MONMOUTH BEACH: Jim Fuller, the borough resident who lost his 100-year-old home to a fire on Jan. 28 has been "humbled and honored" by the outpouring of support from the community.

Fuller's niece, Laurie Escalante-Hernandez, set up a GoFundMe page for her uncle just one day after the home was gutted by the fire.

"My goal on this gofundme page is set at $1 because whether you donate money, clothes, your time and or services, a shoulder to cry on or simply an ear to listen, believe me it appreciated more than I can begin to explain," Excalante-Hernandez wrote on the page. "The sad fact is my uncle had no homeowners insurance and the house is a total loss."

As of 2 p.m. on Feb. 5, the page has received over $16,000 in donations from the public and the number continues to climb daily.

Fuller recently posted on the page and thanked all those who have supported him and made donations.

"I will be thanking everyone individually as I have the time, but I just wanted to express a public and deeply heartfelt thank you, to all who have reached out during this difficult time," Fuller said. "You have turned despair into something beautiful."

Fuller is a quadriplegic who was helped out of his bed by his caretaker as well local first responders the night of the fire. He is a former Monmouth Beach tax collector and CFO and served the borough for 33 years.

Those who wish to make a donation can do so by visiting the GoFundMe site by clicking here.

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