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Hill seeks to help mother, daughters

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By Carol A. Clark

Area stores, charitable organizations and classmates are helping the Landon family – who lost everything they own in a house fire Tuesday morning. Bobbie Landon and her two daughters were at work and school when their side of a duplex on Fairway ignited in what fire officials say appears to have started in the home's in-floor heating system.John Roberts, manager at the Los Alamos Smith's Food and Drug Center, told of an organization that came in his store to purchase a supply of food for the Landons. “We gave them a 30-percent discount off the price of the food they purchased to help the family,” Roberts said.Metzger’s Do-It-Best, where Landon works, is offering a 20-percent discount to customers who buy regularly priced items for the family through the end of the year.“We implemented the program Thursday at the Los Alamos and White Rock stores,” co-owner Greg Metzger said. “A customer asked us about it and we thought it would be a great idea to help other people help Bobbie.” Greg owns Metzger’s with his father, Lee Metzger. He said the only requirements to receive the discount are that Landon is in the store at the time of purchase and that the customer gives the items to her or leaves them with the manager to give her later if she's not present. “We're giving her a lot of flex time to get moved and to do the five million things she has to do during this difficult time,” he said.To further help the family, Metzger's bookkeeper, Sue Smith, is organizing employees at all their stores to bake goods for a big sale tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday in front of Metzger’s at 1607 Central Avenue.“We have also placed donation boxes by each cash register at our Los Alamos and White Rock stores for people who want to donate cash or checks,” he said. “We really feel for Bobbie and her children.”A Landon Family Fire Fund also is set up at Los Alamos National Bank for anyone who wants to contribute through a financial institution.Jana McClure of Los Alamos Middle School said several students have taken on a variety of projects to help the family. “Anyone who wants to donate items such as furniture can do so through Barbara Carlos at the Red Cross,” McClure said. “The Red Cross and LANB are also accepting monetary donations.”For information contact the Red Cross at 424-1611, LANB at 662-5171 and Metzger’s at 662-3715.Metzger’s at 1607 Central Avenue is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Metzger’s White Rock store at 128 N.M. 4 is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week; it can be reached at 672-3856.