A Christmas Without Jeffrey

By Matt Markham

December 13, 2011 Updated Dec 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If you've ever lost a loved one, you know the holiday season can be hard to get through. That's the case for one woman and her four children, whose home was destroyed by a fire which also took the life of one of her sons.

We met Maureen Aissa nine months ago. She was trying to make sense of why someone burned down her family's home, killing her seventeen year-old son.

That hasn't changed.

This Christmas will be the first without Jeffrey, but you can help the family find hope and love.

"Sometimes, most of the time, I feel like a completely broken person," Aissa said. And initially, all the little pieces were so minute. When you try to put them together and move forward, you can a little, but you fall back again."

What should be the most beautiful, special time of the year for any family is painful for the Aissa's.

The pain is heavy, and empty all the same. It is heavy with the memory of a home in flames.

It is empty without Jeffrey.

"Everyone is being strong for everyone else, and that sets a certain pace," Aissa said. "That keeps us all going."

Now in a new home, the Aissa's are decorating for Christmas. They have a special tree for Jeffrey. He never wanted their old Christmas trees taken to the curb.

"He would literally drag the tree from room to room, needles everywhere," Aissa said. "I can see him in his little footed pajamas just dragging this thing."

"He said, well, I don't want to hurt the tree's feelings, he'll think we don't want him. He was very sensitive...a very sensitive child," Aissa recalled.

Binghamton Police have made no arrests in the arson case. Maureen begs for someone to come forward for her son, her family, and your own.

Aissa said, "they did it once, who's to say they won't do it again?"

If you can donate an ornament for Jeffrey's tree in the Aissa's new home, you can send it by mail to P.O. Box 7 in Binghamton, 13904.

If you have any information which may lead to an arrest in the arson of the Aissa home, you're urged to call Binghamton Detectives at 772-7080.