We're so close but yet still so far away. We had hoped to tap into the spring on the property that used to provide water to my parents and Grandmother's house but it seems that it has closed off over the years of no use. We're going to have to drill a well which is an expense we weren't prepared for. The money that has been raised for us so far has helped us with living expenses, storage for what we were able to salvage and what has been donated to us, the Soil Scientist to find a spot of land to perc on my parents property, and most importantly, the down payment on our future home. With the well and the septic we're still short about $5000. I'm not usually the one asking for help, I prefer to be the one to help, but this time I have to ask. My children are so excited to have a home of their own again in their future. We all are. We need your help to make this happen. Please donate if you can and even if you can't donate, please share the page and ask your friends and family to share. Copy and paste this status if you'd like so that everyone knows that there is progress being made. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! ~The Davis Family
HEADS UP - The Davis Family's perk test was passed AND the mortgage was approved for the home to be placed on her parents property. This is GREAT NEWS and a tremendous Blessing, thanks to all of you!
Here's the kicker and why we need to share this fundraiser and raise an additional $5,000. The downpayment took ALL of the money raised and in order to move forward it's imperative that they are able to afford "well hook-up" and "septic".
I'm asking that all of you please share this fundraiser and the reason why to everyone you know. We are so close to getting them in the home they so deserve and with everyones help I know we can do this.
Thank you all for the amazing support - I will keep you updated as things progress.
Snagged from Angela FB page: I've seen this so I know it's true. Although, I was in such a daze the first few weeks that I've just started remembering things in flashbacks. I may not remember the words that were spoken, or every call, text, and offer to help, but when I think back on the days and weeks following the fire my heart doesn't sink, it fills with warmth and love. That's what I remember. The warmth, caring, and love shown to us, our rainbow after the storm. I'm not saying it's easy. It's truly not. It's still hard for me to walk through a store and see the things that we had in the house, or see pictures of sweet Brynn and not have a sinking feeling in my soul knowing what we had, what we lost, and remembering the shear fear of that night. It's hard to breath through the panic attacks when I see a brush fire, or a light flicker, or smell anything remotely burning. It's hard, plain and simple, it's hard and it's something that I'd never wish on my worst enemy. However, no matter how hard it's been, what has kept us going was our family, our friends, and our community. You all are our rainbows and for that we will forever be grateful. Love to you all.
I wanted to share a beautiful update from the Davis family with you all. This was posted today from Angela:
So much to say but where to begin? It's been a full month today since our world was turned upside down and we lost our home and everything we owned. We have so very much to be thankful for. Our lives, our wonderful family, our amazing friends, our outstanding community, and the loving people far and wide who don't even know us but stepped up to help in our time of need. My heart is filled to the brim with gratitude that none of you will ever fully know the extent of. As I was thinking back on the kindness and love that has been bestowed on us by this community I pick up the paper to learn that the community was also rallying around another lady. She said her son had been killed in an accident in Florida, only to find out that her son was in fact alive and well and that she has preyed upon the kind souls of our community for financial gain. This story infuriated me to say the least. I know first hand how caring our community is. I know how much my family and I needed everyone's support and we have not been failed once during the past month. To read that someone took advantage of the caring hearts of our community makes me so very angry. I can't fathom what goes through a person's mind when they plan out a scheme so elaborate. There are people in this world who are sick, struggling, or like us, have lost everything they own and truly need the financial help to put their life back together but because of people like this woman, the hearts of the community are a little harder, more leery, and not as open to helping out of fear that they'll be deceived. Who can blame them? Certainly not I. I hope that my heart would continue to be open, as it always has been, and that I would continue to give freely to help others as they need help but I would be leery too. I hate that. I pray for her. If I've learned anything from this experience, I've learned that everything you do in this life does come back full circle to you, all you have to do is notice it. Many people have asked so I'd like to clarify, while we did live in that home for 11 years, we did not own it. We were renters and unfortunately we did not have renters insurance, nor did our landlord have insurance on the home. We've learned that lesson the hard way. So no, for the few who have made some 'unfavorable' remarks regarding the fundraiser that has been set up for us by our friends, there is no insurance windfall coming our way. What we have is all we've got and you know what, we're pretty darn grateful for what we do have. We have met some amazing people during this past month, people that we may not have met otherwise. Our family, our friendships, our relationship with our community is closer than it ever was before. I'm not happy about what it took to get to this point but I believe everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for us. Our family continues to heal and life gets back to normal a little more each day. We're still waiting to hear when the next perc evaluation will be but as soon as I know something I'll be sure to let everyone know. Your good thoughts and prayers mean the world to us and we're happy to share this experience. Thanks for listening to me ramble, sometimes you just need to put it all out there ya know? Have a fabulous night everyone.
I've an update from the Davis family - they are slowly healing with everyone's help. It's been such a blessing to have the community far and wide to surround them with so much love. Please continue to share this fundraiser, pray, and send good positive thoughts. They've a long way to go in order to get into their own home and still need our help. We can do this.
From Angela: Alright y'all, the Soil Scientist comes tomorrow to see if there's a spot that will perc for septic on my parents land. Some of you may remember that we tried to get the land to perc in 2011 but it wouldn't pass through conventional test measures. Since the fire we decided to try again, but this time we had to call in a specialist. If this passes it will be our first step towards getting into a new home. If it doesn't perc, then at least we'll know we need to go in a different direction. Please throw an extra prayer up if you get a chance. We're trying hard not to get our hopes up but we want this really bad. Have a great night!
The benefit ride today hosted by Immortalz. ♥ Thank you to Immortalz, Dark Star, Simply Sick, Legion of Doom, and all of the individual riders and supporters who came out today. You all are amazing and we can't thank you enough!!
Post from Angela: The benefit ride today hosted by Immortalz. ♥ Thank you to Immortalz
, Dark Star, Simply Sick, Legion of Doom, and all of the individual riders and supporters who came out today. You all are amazing and we can't thank you enough!!
Please see this beautiful message from Angela:
Several times over the last two weeks I've asked myself, "Why?" Why us? We try to be good honest people, help anyone in need, live a good life, so why us? Why now? We'd poured all of our tax money into and had just finished remodeling the house to accommodate our nephew who we were planning to get custody of due to my sister in laws illness, so why now? Why our house? We'd lived there 11 years and... while we didn't own it, we loved it and took care of it like we did and our landlord was like a grandmother to us, so why our house? No one should ever have to watch everything they own burn to the ground while their children scream and cry behind them. So many questions of why, why, why. I still don't have all of the answers but I'm starting to see some of the reasons why. Our community has rallied around us, we've met new friends, people we may have never met otherwise but will be thankful for, for the rest of our lives. It's brought us closer to friends and neighbors and family. It's reminded all of us how precious life is and how close we came to losing our own lives and the lives of our children. Life is precious. Children are precious. Friends and family are precious. We have a renewed sense of hope, love for our community, and determination to continue to do good and help where can. We have been astonished by the outpouring of love and support for our family. People that don't even know us, but we've touched their life some way, have come out to support us. It's a humbling feeling to say the least. I know we've said it at least 100 times in the last two weeks but we'll continue to say it, thank you. Thank you doesn't even begin to cover how grateful we are to everyone who's rallied around us to help us put our life back together but I hope you understand how thankful we truly are.
Thank you will never be enough for all that everyone has done and continues to do for our family. We want everyone to know how much we appreciate every single item, every single penny, and every single prayer that has been given to us. We are all too aware that so many out there are struggling to make ends meet but yet you have brought and given whatever you could to help our family and our biggest hope is that one day we can give back to you all, as you have to us. ~Angela and Billy
Deborah Gray & I have a huge favor to ask of you all. It won't take but a few moments of your time. We need to spread the fundraiser further out into the world and our wish is that Good Morning America will be willing to do this for us. Who are more deserving than the Davis's? We are going to make this very easy for you to do. All you need to do is go to the following link: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/RobinRoberts/mailform?id=10263366#.Uy3oIStWtC8.facebook
Fill out the short ...form and tell the Davis home fire story. You can use your own words or copy and paste the following at the end of this post. If enough of us to this, how can they ignore us. Share with your friends, copy and page this info for the share otherwise they only get the link. And then say a prayer they hear our plight. That's all - it's simple. Here is the info you can use on the short submission page. Please don't ignore this - it will just take a moment of your time. Copy and Paste for the form:
Dear Robin & GMA:
The early morning of hours of March 16, 2014, the Davis Family lost their home and two of their family pets to a devastating house fire. They are the family that every community wishes to have as neighbors and friends. They have always put others before themselves and whenever anyone is in need they are the first ones to say "how can we help?". They both work for the Madison County Animal Services and have been instrumental in saving millions of animals through rescue efforts and education. In reality they are hero's, however they would deny that fact.
This fire destroyed their home and all of their belongings. Nothing was left untouched. We all thank God that they are here with us today.
We are asking Good Morning America and Robin Roberts to please help us share their fundraiser page. We are a small community but one that has a heart bigger than the largest city out there. We need and seek your assistance in getting this amazing and deserving family into a home of their home. They have 4 small children, twins ~ a boy and girl age 8, and two more daughters age 10 & 12. The children are having a very rough time dealing all that has happened.
Can you please share their fundraiser page for us along with their story? We would be ever so grateful and appreciative. We all love them so very much.