Detroit Father of 5 Loses Home in Fire and Receives Over $400K in Donations in 24 Hours

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Detroit father Rodrick Reynolds experienced a whirlwind of life after losing his house to a fire and receiving more than enough donations to purchase a new one all in 24 hours.

Reynolds, a 32-year-old father of five, lost the home he’d been tirelessly fixing up over the last several months in a fire early Thursday morning just weeks before it’d become habitable.

The independent contractor also lost his work truck and a family dog in the fire.

“It’s devastating for me, but I mean, I’m a big boy so I’m going to just keep on pushing,” he said to Fox 2 Detroit’s Erika Erickson Thursday.

However, Reynolds’ loss was a set back for a better set up.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Reynolds’ long-time friend contacted FOX 2 and set up a GoFundMe page to assist the father.

Within seven hours, $187,000 dollars was raised. And within 24, the GoFundMe topped $400,000 with over 16,000 contributors.

“In under 24 hours, the house can be replaced and then some,” Reynolds said in a follow-up interview Friday. “I’m trying not to cry.”

When Fox’s Erickson told Reynolds it’s happy tears today, he responded saying, “Everything is happy tears now.” 

“Oh man god works in mysterious ways,” said Detroit rapper GMAC Cash. “That’s a blessing. It’s just a blessing to see, honestly.”

Although the Detroit Fire Department is still determining the cause of the fire, Reynolds is grateful that in spite of all he lost, he’s able to move on due to everyone’s generosity.

“I just can’t believe so many people care this much to support me,” he said. “I’m nobody.” However, the world clearly believes he’s deserving.

As of now, Reynold’s GoFundMe is over $467,000 with 18,000+ contributors.

As Fox 2 Detroit reports, Reynolds is already looking for a new house. The money can’t replace his beloved pet or memories, but it can do a lot of good.

In addition to getting a new home, and likely replacing his work truck, Reynolds plans to use part of his donation to invest in the city he loves and helps those who need it more than he does.

“Every penny, every dollar, every cent added up, it all counted,” Reynolds said. “I’m gonna make sure my family is taken care of. Then I’m going to get back and make sure other families are taken care of.” 

If you would like to help Rodrick Reynolds, you can donate HERE or contact him via email at

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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