Thank you to all our kind supporters! We're going to close the page to donations. You helped us make a tangible difference and we're looking forward to sharing the funds with Jeff and his new fiance. We're overcome by your generosity and so, so grateful.
I don't have any new updates on the investigation, but will certainly post them as things pan out. We may never get the answers we're looking for, but maybe we don't need them. Afterall, we have all of you! Thank you, from our hearts.
Jeff will be giving an interview with the Augusta Chronicle tomorrow and we'll post a link to the article as soon as it comes out. Some developments in the investigation, but not sure if they are meant for public knowledge yet. Maybe the article will cover it, if not we'll share in due time so stay tuned. Thanks again for following, donating, sharing, and praying.
PS. I think Jeff might be a celebrity! Someone overheard me saying my last name this morning and asked, "Are you related to Jeff?!" The answer, of course, a proud and resounding, "Yes!"
I can't believe we're almost half way to our goal in just two days. I also didn't expect to be so moved by all your encouraging words. Reading the notes from contributors is so heartening. Some we've shared with Jeff already and all will be compiled for him to read at his leisure. You all confirm what I suspected: for the most part, the nature of humans is to be kind. And so, again, I must thank you. -Jo Prouty
Thank you everyone for your continued support! Our home internet is still down after the storm so it's tough to log in and get these updates out, but I see everyone has carried on without us! My brother has decided to move, understandably, so some of your donations will help offset these additional unexpected expenses and we're so grateful for your donations, which absolutely make this transition easier for him. I promise to send personal thank you's to each and every one of you as soon as I can. You lift our hearts!
After further assessment, the damage is worse than expected and we've adjusted our fundraising goal accordingly. We have a long way to go but a great community, family, and friends supporting us. Thank you all for your donations, shares, and prayers.
Investigators swept for prints yesterday and did not find anything incriminating, so despite the smash and grab appearance the perpetrators knew enough to wear gloves it seems. Still, we're optimistic! Some of the stolen articles are distinctly Jeff's, like his hunting rifles. Thank you guys for the outpouring. With online and offline donations, we've raised over $500 since last night!
My brother in law worked over 24 hours straight as a first-responding fireman in Columbia County during winter storm Pax, answering calls through the day and into the night and into the day again. When he finally got home at the end of his shift which ended on his 40th birthday, he discovered his home ransacked. While he was keeping our community safe, taking a record 360 calls in 24 hours, thieves climbed through his son's window and took all his hunting gear, including family heirloom antique rifles, his brand new birthday-gift TV, his son's PS4, his stereo, his computer and computer desk, among other things including stuff like his fireman's ring and Rayban sunglasses. His family pictures were knocked off the walls and even his fridge was raided; he found half-eaten sandwiches and open soda cans littered about. Tragically, he does not have renter's insurance.
Our fervent hope is that our community will help us rally and restore some of his belongings, but more importantly, his sense of security and faith in the human spirit.