Fink Family & Neighbor Tornado Fund

$69,735 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 952 people in 5 months
Created April 15, 2018
11431315_15238419220_r.jpegOn Sunday, April 15th a powerful tornado swept through Amherst County. Leecy and Gary Fink received a phone call from some friends to warn them that a tornado was headed their way. They only had moments to get the family in the basement. Gary cleared out under their basement steps and they took cover there. They held a door over them to shield them from all of the debris and falling items as their house was being destroyed above them. Water was pouring in on top of them. The hot water heater and HVAC system began to shock them. The fear they must have experienced must have been more than one can even imagine. It wasn't long before some neighbors got to them to help them out. They quickly saw the devastation. This family who does so much for so many people needs our help. Gary is a police officer for the Lynchburg PD. Leecy has battled metastatic breast cancer for quite some time and is nothing short of a miracle herself. They would give anyone the shirt off of their back. They have lost everything- their home, their cars, their RV, their clothes, their personal belongings. They were finally able to leave their neighborhood just a short time ago after they were picked up and the roads had finally been cleared enough to get a car through. They left with only the clothes on their backs and they were soaking wet. They have no car to get anywhere but are being brought a car to borrow tomorrow. They will be staying with friends tonight and the family will be taking it one day at a time. Gary, Leecy, and their five children have amazing strength in God and know that He will get them through. Please help this family if you are able. No amount is too small and if you are unable to donate monetarily, please pray for this amazing family.
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For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:11

Rebuilding their home
Rebuilding their home
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Wow. Just wow. How do we ever begin to express our gratitude to each of you? We are so thankful for you and the way you have touched our lives. As we looked through each of your names and your comments, we have tried to recall how we met each of you. We see so many of our family members from near and far that have touched our entire lives. We also see so many friends from every aspect of our lives. Church friends, college friends, Marine Corp friends, law enforcement friends, pharmaceutical friends, friends from our community, friends from our world of cancer, bridal friends, friends of our children, friends of friends, but what blew us away is how many of you only know us by our story and by our needs. You may be a friend that we haven’t seen for years, but the impact you had on our family was great and we are so thankful that you reached out in our hour, actually many hours, of need. To see the pages and pages of names, just blows us away as we think of the number of your that said yes to Jesus when He asked you to give to our family and so many others. We have been so blessed to be able to share your generosity with our neighbors.
Last night was three weeks since the a horrific F-3 tornado took our home, most of our belongings, our vehicles, our beloved RV and worst of all, our sense of safety in our home of almost 20 years. The events of April 15, 2018 impact every second of the day and night since those endless seconds when our home was being shredded above us. Everywhere we look we are reminded of how much we lost and how much more could have been taken. The new fear of wind and rain that keep my children from sleeping is new and so real. The way our hearts sink at every thought of the possibility of losing our children that night makes breathing almost impossible. The nights are still long. The dreams and the worry about the overwhelming to-do lists keep us awake way too many hours. To see the pictures of the debris and consider what could have been over and over almost sends us into a state of unbearable panic. Our lives post 4/15/18, are filled with appointments, sourcing of goods for neighbors and loved ones, creating inventory lists and trying to manage our new normal, while trying to get back to our old one.
However, even more evident than any of this new, often all consuming way of life, is this unbelievable and boundless goodness that we have experienced. This goodness has been a gift give by our Savior by the Hands of His People. I have this mental picture of each of you personally serving a covered silvered platter to our Thanksgiving table and you pick up the cover to reveal whatever gift you have for us. Your smile is contagious and we are overwhelmed over as we bask in the goodness you are sharing.
Where do we begin? Within minutes of the storm, the messages of prayer and offers to help came. We didnt gave a clue what we even needed at that time. You anticipated and got busy being the hands and feet of our Lord. Our children were literally pulled and carried safely from the destruction and to the safety of friends. When so few could arrive to physically help because of the damage, people offered prayers, the warmth of their homes, clothes for the next day, furniture, more beds and places to stay than I could ever count. We had literally thousands of messages within a couple of hours, each with an offer of prayer, an offer to come, an offer of financial help, an offer to care for every physical need that my family could or could not think of in those early hours.
The gifts have poured in for our family. Your hugs became tighter. You went to work. You dug through layer after layer of sheetrock and fiberglass mixed with red clay in hopes that you would find something to bring a smile to our faces. You helped us hold onto a special memory. You dried out, reprinted and framed pictures. You dried out the pages of our Bibles. You stood beside us. You treated and retreated stains to return my daughter’s favorite dress. You loved on our babies. You hauled away tons of debris. You knelt at the feet of Jesus praying for our needs before we knew what to ask for. You laid hands on us when we wondered if we were too tired to keep going. You carried us meals. You carried my children to school. You replaced our favorite things. You made our beds. You filled our pantry. As you saw our needs, you met them. Just as quickly, you stepped up to meet the needs our neighbors. As I looked at the yards and homes of our neighbors in the days after the storm, many of them were filled with those who came first to our rescue. You knew how much we loved our neighbors and you loved on them, just the same. As quickly as needs arise, you find ways to make sure that the families in our small community are cared for and loved, just as your poured your love on my family.
So many of you have given beyond your means. You sacrificed for my family’s future. Incredibly, many of those that have given dont know my 7 Finks. But regardless, you gave. Thank you.
Our Sunday school lesson yesterday reminded us that “Jesus is the capstone” (Acts 4:11). As we continue to restore and rebuild, we believe that Jesus asked each of you to be the capstone for our #007finks and for Elon.
Thank you. Thank you.
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Wow! Thanks for the overwhelming support you guys have shown to the 007 Finks. I have spoken with Leecy about moving forward from this point. For anyone who knows Leecy and Gary, you know that they are always putting the needs of others ahead of their own. I can honestly say that I was not surprised when Leecy told me today that her plan is to not stop until her community is taken care of. She is extremely grateful for the generosity shown by everyone who has donated and she wants to share this generosity with her Elon community. Her plan is to make sure that those who have been devastated by this tragedy in her area are taken care of. At this point, we WILL continue to accept donations. I have included some pictures of Leecy and Gary's neighborhood to show the extent of damage.
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The support shown thus far to this beautiful family is overwhelming. There is still so much good in this world. Thanks to each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts.
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Raised by 952 people in 5 months
Created April 15, 2018
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