Anderson Fire Fund

$7,342 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 162 people in 12 months
Created December 11, 2017
News Report ‌My sister/brother-in-law’s (Altie and DeWayne Anderson) house in Fairforest, SC (Spartanburg County) was damaged by a fire the
morning of 12/10.  I am helping to provide short-term support as they secure new living arrangements and work with their insurance company to rebuild.
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The foundation is set and in a few months, a new Home will be open. Thanks for your support during the transition. You don’t know how much it is appreciated, and the relief it provided at a critical time (when all was lost). #TheAndersons
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The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.

— Alek Wek

Three weeks ago today, a house was destroyed by fire. There were so many memorable moments created in that home. Shocked, cold and thankful, Altie and DeWayne Anderson survived without injury as their memories went up in flames.

While experiencing tremendous lost, what has been life-giving, is the generosity of so many people: family, friends, strangers, acquaintances, friends of friends - YOU!

Something new and stronger will emerge from all the support, the notes of encouragement, prayers, calls, donations and the presence of a strong faith.

The story continues on a new page, in another chapter, in a new year.

An end is also a new beginning. And today we celebrate the memories, the moments that created them and a new start.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

The Anderson’s
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Thanks from Altie Mae Anderson and DeWayne Anderson this Advent Season. It has been two weeks since losing their home to a fire. Your support (prayers, encouragement & donations) is appreciated and has been helpful.
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Altie has a story (testimony) to share.

I talked with her today to see how they are doing and navigating a new beginning.

“I realize that when you reach to get something, it isn’t there anymore,” she said. “I had the one dress, but no earrings, things (accessories) that go with my clothes. You reach for things you don’t have and took for granted, like coats, tops, pants, pots to cook with, etc. Necessities.”

Your gifts have allowed her to buy some of these things. They are taking it one day at a time, thinking about things that are needed. Getting medicine for example.

I was moved by this comment: “When you lose everything, you feel homeless. It is an emotional thing. You didn’t have a chance to say goodbye.”

She recently talked to someone who has been experienced the same thing and they shared their experience and provided hope.

The funds (donations) are much needed and helpful. Living out of a hotel is quite different than being in your on home.

What has she missed most: her special room to sit in, hang out and rock in her chair. Little Things that are reminders of home.

“Through the storm it life is still a blessing,” she said!

She doesn’t want anyone to have a sad face. She is remaining positive in the face of this challenge. No pity party for her.

She appreciates the goodness of God and the response (generosity) of everyone who has helped out - prayers, money and words of encouragement.

“When you have lost everything, you realize who your friends are,” she went on to say.

“Sometimes God takes you to a place you didn’t know you could go.”

It is amazing what power is within.

At the time of the fire, she only had time to get out with her pocket book and keys. The house was dark and smoke-filled.

She has a sense of humility, What seeing what is happening in California. Whole neighborhoods are being destroyed.

“It is a change,” she said. Not necessarily a bad change due to the help being provided by the insurance company, family friends and people like you.

One important thing she emphasized: get a smoke detector. It saves lives.

On a lighter note, she realized she could move faster than she thought. She ran out of the house without her cane. It is amazing what you can do when your choices are limited (smile).

Her only regret is not being able to have Christmas in the house. It will go on, just in a different place, yet just as good. People are chipping in to make the meal as special as always.

A person they know has a fully furnished house that the insurance company will rent for them until they rebuild. That is a blessing.

Their son, Marcus, is taking them to Orlando to get away for a short respite. She is looking forward to that!

In the midst of losing a son five years ago this week, as a result of an automobile accident; this special time of the year, and losing a home, she remains thankful.

It was good to hear her voice, her reflection on these life events and her laughter.

Thanks for helping make this journey easier to travel for them.

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Raised by 162 people in 12 months
Created December 11, 2017
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