Ortega Family Fire Recovery Fund

$2,705 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 35 months
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Barbara Oliver  SPRING HILL, TN
In the early morning hours of Dec 28, 2013 Jackie & Gilbert Ortega woke to a fire blazing in their living room of their home in Spring Hill, TN. Within minutes the entire house became engulfed. Everyone escaped thankfully but they have lost everything including a couple of cars, and are left with very little besides the clothes on their backs.

The impact of all of this hasn't even begun to sink in yet - but at the very least they will need to get new clothes for 4 adults and figure out where they will be living in the near future while they work their way through the insurance maze.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
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Update 6
Posted by Barbara Oliver
34 months ago
Finally got to TN to be with Jackie!
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Update 5
Posted by Barbara Oliver
35 months ago
You guys are all awesome!

Jackie and Gilbert have found a condo to rent right near the old house and the they, Tanya and Michael are moving in this week! Having a soft place to land with their son Andi and his family was great - but they all want to be speaking to each other when all of this is behind them!

All of your donations will really help them get life back to as close to normal as it can be at this point. All the things you take for granted every day, they now have to replace - sheets & blankets, pillows, towels, pots and pans - heck, even salt, pepper, flour, sugar etc! On the bright side - so many of us at this age are left with pretty shoddy versions of the above that we just can't justify throwing out and replacing - so I am almost jealous that she gets to get new stuff!

Thanks again for your support!
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Update 4
Posted by Barbara Oliver
35 months ago
I can't even imagine losing everything overnight!

The mom in me can't help but mourn the loss of all the baby photos, kids first grade handprints, high school medals - all the stuff the insurance company can't possibly cover because they have no monetary value...
Finally getting a closer look
Nothing left
Only memories now
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Update 3
Posted by Barbara Oliver
35 months ago
Wow - I am amazed and humbled by the generosity I have witnessed here! Thank you to everyone who has contributed!

I just spoke with Jackie - they have not been able to get close to the house yet as there are still some remaining hot spots that keep flaring up. The fire dept cannot touch it as they are still awaiting an investigation by the fire marshal to determine the cause of the fire.

They are so grateful for all of the clothing and toiletry donations - and say at this point cash and gift cards are the best way to help them as they have such limited space at their temporary room at their sons house.

Their attitude is great and they just feel so blessed by all the outpouring of love that they have felt!
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Landra Thaxton
35 months ago

What size clothing and everything else? I live a few states away but wld ship to them

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Landra Thaxton
35 months ago

Spring Hill not Springhill. Makes a difference

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Angela Marie Wray
35 months ago

What sizes in clothes shoes etc....for donations

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$2,705 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 35 months
Created December 28, 2013
CB
$100
Craig and Maddie Braun
35 months ago

Hi Andy. We hope this helps! We love you and we are praying for you and your family!!

SK
$100
Stan Keely
35 months ago
KH
$100
Kevin and Belinda Holeman
35 months ago

Our prayers go out to you Gilbert and Jackie. We can express how sorry we are for your losses. This too shall pass, keep strong for God has a plan. Love you both.

$25
Anonymous
35 months ago
MR
$50
Mike rehage
35 months ago
MD
$100
Michelle & Dave
35 months ago

Jackie and Gilbert, Diana just told me about your home. We are so sorry and you are in our thoughts and prayers!! Michelle, Dave, Nathan and Matthew part of your CA Holeman family

LB
$100
Liz Bautista
35 months ago
$50
Bob Berkowitz
35 months ago

God bless to a speedy recovery

TM
$50
Tony Marlin
35 months ago
SH
$100
Sal & Cindy Heredia
35 months ago

May Gods Blessings give you strength while taking steps to brighter days. Our prayers are with you all! Luv S&C

Landra Thaxton
35 months ago

What size clothing and everything else? I live a few states away but wld ship to them

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Landra Thaxton
35 months ago

Spring Hill not Springhill. Makes a difference

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Angela Marie Wray
35 months ago

What sizes in clothes shoes etc....for donations

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