From Tatia.......................... Tonight I have a heavy heart. My mom and dad have moved into a new home and we know we are blessed beyond measure. One thing that lies heavy on my heart is that Mom is severely depressed. Because of the fire and her having to move away the past few months she lost her job. She is on a fixed income and still has her SSI income but what she worked to make up for the extra is gone. I know it is a lot to ask but please if any of you can, please donate. Anything will help. I promise it won't go unnoticed and I promise to pay it forward.
Tonight I have a heavy heart. My mom and dad have moved into a new home and we know we are blessed beyond measure. One thing that lies heavy on my heart is that Mom is severely depressed. Because of the fire and her having to move away the past few months she lost her job. She is on a fixed income and still has her SSI income but what she worked to make up for the extra is gone. I know it is a lot to ask but please if any of you can, please donate. Anything will help. I promise it won't go unnoticed and I promise to pay it forward.
First off- Happy Birthday to Carmen! Update on the Blevins' ...they now have a new home. Thanks again to everyone who helped in their cause after their loss in Jan. As the road is still going to be long, it was not as difficult because of all their supporters coming through for them. God is so good and He provided through all her friends, family and even through those that she didn't even know that helped. She will forever feel indebted to you all.
I was surprised by seeing more donations come in when I checked this account this morning. God is so good! The Blevins' appreciates it from the bottom of their hearts.
Only $30 from having raised $17,000.00 for The Blevins'. This is outstanding and praise God!
The fish fry was a success. Thank you God for all Your blessings and please continue to bless this fundraiser.
Please God bless the fish fry that's taking place today for this family and continue to bless this fundraiser for them.
I just don't want to believe that this campaign is over. Please take a second and share and if you can donate to help this couple in need. Starting over in their 70s and with one of them being wheelchair bound is just not easy. Please find it in your hearts to help. Even if you have shared before...share again. Someone might be out there that can help that hasn't seen this. May God bless you and bless this fundraiser.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Please share and donate...
Still aiming for our goal
James and Carmen still need your help. They are still unable to find a new home in Fairhope, Al where they want to continue to reside. If you know of anyone that might have a home for rent, please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the info to Tatia. But I also want to ask everyone to join me this weekend and share this link again and donate even $5.00 if you can to this family in need. May God bless you in all you do.
Keep sharing and donating
Jordan rec'd a proclamation from the Fairhope Mayor today for the action he took to prevent a loss of life in the fire of his grandparents' home. Please keep sharing and donating to help them regain a home back in Fairhope.
Jordan receiving an award for his herois
FISH FRY Fund Raiser for James Blevins 2/22/14
James Blevins has been coming through the Legion's parking lot on his wheelchair every morning and afternoon for many, many years. His motorized wheelchair took him from his home on Nelson Street to Fairhope's Municipal Pier where he was an avid fisherman and participant in the community's news network. He made local and national news several years ago when he nursed a pelican named Henry back to health. Unfortunately James' home was destroyed in a fire this month and he is still in the hospital undergoing burn treatments. Below is the news report of the disaster.
The American Legion in Fairhope will have a Fish Fry Fund Raiser for James Blevins on Saturday, February 22 at the Post starting at 11am. Jack Arnold will be the chief chef for the event. Volunteers and donations of provisions for the fund raiser are requested to contact the Legion at 928-9132 or respond to this e-mail. Thanks for your support to help this friend of the Legion and his family in this time of need. Donations of household items, clothing, etc are also being accepted by Post 199.
You guys have been awesome in sharing/donating for this family. Please continue to take a moment to hit the share button and/or donate. It's hard enough to start over when you are younger and working. But think about being in your late 70s and on a fixed income and having to start over. This fundraiser along with a couple of others in person campaigns have brought new life to this family but we can't stop. They still need our help to the goal line.
Please continue to donate to this family. They really would like to get back home to Fairhope. They are living with family in Mobile and are very grateful for everything you all have done for them. I would like to see us reach our goal of $25,000.00. We can do this with your help of sharing the link and donating. May God bless this campaign once again and bring in donations
We haven't made our goal but I believe with all my heart that we can do this. Thru God all things are possible. Please share the link/donate/pray for this family. The family still needs us to come through for them.
Stay warm and stay safe. Please share this link to regenerate their need.
Hoping everyone is bundled up and warm in their homes. Please think of those that aren't and say a prayer.
Praying for all those affected by this winter weather!
Have you shared this today?
We continue to crawl closer to our goal. Through your help with sharing, we will succeed.
Getting closer to our goal!!!
Keep sharing to help us reach our goal!
When life throws lemons at you, get you some water and sugar and make lemonade.
This is just what gofundme allows us to do. And thanks to our supporters, we were able to turn this tragedy into a blessing for The Blevins.
Please continue to share the link and donate if you're able. May God bless you!
This has been one of the most inspiring things I've ever done. Just seeing humanity coming together to help this family in their time of need. When I first set it up, I started the goal at $5000.00 because I just didn't think positive enough that I could reach that goal for them. But some of their friends came forward and insisted on me raising it. So reluctantly I did after talking with Tatia. She and I both had the same frame of mind in thinking we didn't want no one to think we were greedy in our request. I was doubting and you never doubt when God is working thru us. So I come today in this post to say, Thank you Lord for your blessings you've poured on this campaign and I ask you to forgive me for my doubt because You showed out for us! To our supporters, thank you for helping us exceed my own expectations. Let's keep sharing to reach our goal. Carmen and James have been able breathe because of your generosity with monetary and item donations. I couldn't imagine starting over while in my 70s. Could you? :) May the Son shine down on them and you all!
Thank you Lord for even the days that their are no donations but for the visitors that stop by to read and share our story.
Mom and Dad would like to send thank you cards if any of you would not mind giving me your mailing address. Would you please send them to email@example.com? Thank you all so very much for everything you have done to help us. It will always be the shining light through this tragedy.
Life has a way of being overwhelming. However, God is amazing with placing the right people at the right time in our lives to bless a situation that was tragic into a grand blessing. Share this link today because you never know who hasn't seen this story that might be able to donate to this family. God, You are amazing and we thank You for the blessings you give us daily when we are so undeserving.
Thanks to all the people that have donated, shared or sent a kind word to this family. We have made it past the half way mark. We are continuing to receive donations on a daily basis. Let's share this every day and meet our goal and maybe even surpass it. The prayers are still needed for the family and are appreciated and felt. May God continue to bless this family and each of you!
We have hit $13,000.00. My eyes are filled with tears of joy! Every ones generosity has been so appreciated! May God bless you all!
I would like to start off this week with seeing our fundraiser hit $13,000.00. Please share the link so someone that might be willing to donate to put it over it. Thank you!
Please continue to pray for this family and fundraiser. May God bless you all!
Great news...Mr. James was released from the hospital today and is staying with family in Mobile, AL. We still need to continue to pray for healing. Caring for burn wounds takes time and extra care to prevent infection. Let's continue to share the link to help each our goal.
Only $20 away from $13,000.00. Please share or donate towards a wonderful cause for a great family.
We are so close to $13,000.00. Help share this link to put us up there. Mr. James may get to go home today. Keep praying for quick healing. Thank you for your prayers!
Update: just spoke with Tatia and Mr. James is doing so much better. Enough that they may release him today or tomorrow from the hospital. Thanks for your prayers but please don't stop. Keep praying and keep sharing the link. May God bless you!
Update rec'd from Tatia: Her mom had to be seen in the ER lady night for dehydration but is doing much better this morning. Her dad is doing well this morning and maybe moved to a regular room today. Tatia has gotten a little on the sick side now with a sore throat. Let's keep raising them all up, the entire family, in prayer for healing! God has this!
First, I want to praise God for all He's done in blessing this fund raiser. Without Him, this would not be at 50% goal met. Please continue to keep the Blevins in your prayers. I'm still awaiting on an update this morning about how James first night went. I also want you all to say an extra prayer for Carmen! This has been so trying for her with everything. Pray that God will keep get spirits up and give her the strength she needs for herself and for James. Don't forget to share this link today! Thanks! May God bless you!
If everyone on my friends list would take one second to hit the share button, this fund raiser would spread like crazy again. And this is not over for them. They need our efforts! Please hit share! Thanks...
Update: James is now out of surgery. Surgery went well and they are putting him in ICU for closer monitoring. The family thanks you for your prayers.
James is in surgery now. Continue to pray!
I just spoke with Tatia. She stated that they had not taken him back for surgery as of yet. So let's all pull together and say a big prayer for Mr. James as he goes into surgery today and that God guides the hands of these doctors for a successful surgery.
Update on James & Carmen Blevins: http://fox10tv.com/2014/02/02/fairhope-house-fire-victim-speaks/
***Links at bottom for news coverage
In the early morning hours of January 8, 2014 in Fairhope, AL, James and Carmen Blevins' home burned to the ground leaving them with everything lost. Jordan, their grandson became a true hero by pulling James, his grandfather whom is wheelchair bound, to safety after his blanket caught fire from the space heater. James rec'd burns and is now in the burn unit in Mobile, Alabama hospital. After pulling his grandfather to safety, Jordan went back into the burning home to save the others. Jordan received burns and cuts from breaking windows to help save his grandmother and girlfriend. They both are going to be ok. This is my great friend's, Tatia Symanski's father and son. Carmen, her mother and Caroline, Jordan's girlfriend are ok but needs our strength through prayers to get them through this. Please add this family to your prayers and if you can please donate what you can to help this family get back on the road to recovery. Funds will go straight to them. Thank you so much for all you are able to do. May God bless you!
**note: Friends of the family have contacted me to request that the goal amount be raised. This family lost everything, live on a fixed income, James is wheelchair bound and their home was not insured! We can do this! With everyones help, we can do this! Through God, all things are possible.
***Story is featured on several local news stations http://www.fox10tv.com/news/local/baldwin-county/elderly-couple-homeless-after-house-fire http://www.wkrg.com/story/24399942/hero-grandson-saves-grandparents-in-fairhope-fire http://touch.fox10tv.com/10001/182628422 http://www.wkrg.com/story/24411523/fairhope-hero-talks-about-house-fire http://cw.ua.edu/2014/01/16/56408/ http://fox10tv.com/2014/02/02/fairhope-house-fire-victim-speaks/ http://theodysseyonline.com/campus/Alabama/article/hero-Greek-community