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Benefit rescheduled for Winder family recovering from fatal fire

Russ Sauls and his daughter Wynn, 17, pose for a portrait Thursday in what remains of their Winder home, which caught fire on Sept. 18. Wynn jumped from the second story to escape the blaze. Russ’ 18-month-old granddaughter, Kharma Aaryah Knight, was killed as a result of the fire. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Russ Sauls and his daughter Wynn, 17, pose for a portrait Thursday in what remains of their Winder home, which caught fire on Sept. 18. Wynn jumped from the second story to escape the blaze. Russ’ 18-month-old granddaughter, Kharma Aaryah Knight, was killed as a result of the fire. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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A memorial formed along the driveway entrance to the Sauls family home which caught fire on September 18, resulting in the death of 18-month-old Kharma Aaryah Knight. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

WINDER — Weather has postponed the winter festival and benefit auction organized to help the Winder family who lost everything — including a granddaughter — in a September house fire.

Originally scheduled for this Saturday, the fundraising event for Russ Sauls and his family will now be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21. It will still be held at the picnic pavilion in downtown Winder, located at 113 E. Athens St. More information can be found on the “Sauls Benefit Auction” page on Facebook.

A Sept. 18 fire destroyed the Sauls’ home at the corner of Moon Bridge and Rockwell Church roads. Fifty-year-old Russ Sauls was burned over 80 percent of his body and spent nearly 50 days in a coma at Grady Memorial Hospital. His 17-year-old daughter, Wynn, also suffered third-degree burns and his 19-month-old granddaughter died in the blaze.

The benefit auction will include Santa, live music, food and a silent auction with items from dozens of retailers. All of the proceeds will go directly to the Sauls family.

The event was rescheduled due to an almost certainty of rain on Saturday.

Because of the change, more volunteers are now needed. Information can be found on the aforementioned Facebook page.