By Natalie Strom
The descendants of one of the most famous settlers of Chokoloskee and Everglades City are in need of assistance. Kenny Smallwood, great-great grandson of pioneering settler Ted Smallwood, and his family lost their home on October 25.
Ted Smallwood is known as the man who built the historic Smallwood Store, once a busy trading post for early pioneers and Native Americans. While the historically relevant building still stands as a museum, the direct descendants of Ted sadly lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire that started in the middle of the night.
The family of five, parents Kenny and Brittany, and their three young sons, Kenny, 9; Billy, 8; and Teddy, 7, escaped unscathed, but have lost everything.
The Everglades community has been reaching out as best they can, attempting to offer immediate needs such as gift cards to Walmart or Publix for food and clothing. The community is hoping to garner more support for the family as they will need help securing a new rental home, furniture and many other necessities.
A bank account has been set up to benefit the family during this trying time. If it is within your capabilities, you may drop off donations at any Fifth Third Bank in the name of the Kenny Smallwood Fire Fund. If you have any questions, feel free to call Kenny’s sister, Stephanie Weeks at 239-471-8195.