Community Joins Together to Help James Robinson’s Family


Police tape surrounds this house on the 700 block of Royal avenue on Christmas day.
Fire destroying the home and making it uninhabitable.
Investigators saying food left on a stove started it, causing an estimated $80,000 loss.
This was the childhood home of Rockford Lutheran Football standout Running Back James Robinson. It belonged to his grandparents.

“Completely devastated. Marlene and Elvin are some amazing people and they’ve helped take care of so many as well and when we found out we were just completely blown away,” said Family Friend Christy West.

Elvin Brown did suffer burns in the fire but he will recover.
Now members of the community want to give back.

“We knew we had to jump in right away and do what we could and start helping them, they are family,” said West.

West’s family owns Mincemoyer Jewelers and is accepting clothes and donations for the family.
There’s also a Rock Valley Credit Union account set up for cash donations

“They’re all wonderful. If this situation, even on Christmas Eve, it’s devastating,” said West. “It’s a home, it’s a family, it’s where many celebrations have taken place. We’ve watched games, we’ve celebrated there. It’s just very, very sad.”

James Robinson is now a Freshman Running Back at Illinois State University.

If you would like to help donate to the Robinson family, you can visit the Rock Valley Credit Union at 1201 Clifford Ave in Loves Park. The donations should be placed under the name of Elvin Brown, Robinson’s grandfather. You can also drop off clothes for the family at Mincemoyer Jewelers at 6585 Lexus Dr in Rockford.

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