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Jimmy needs a new vehicle

$6,750 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 25 days
Created December 28, 2018
Gerald "Jimmy" Ellis, a life-long Florence resident and decorated Marine veteran, lost his sole source of reliable transportation in a car fire Dec. 28.

Ellis, 60, had just returned home from a VA appointment in Colorado Springs when he smelled fuel. Just as he started to exit the vehicle, something in the engine exploded, catching Ellis' legs on fire and burning up the car's engine.

"I came out of that car engulfed in flames," Ellis said. "I pulled my coat over my head, I covered my face, and I came out of it."

Ellis sustained blistering and reddening on his body, but he did not seek medical treatment for this incident. However, he does require medical treatment regularly for other health and medical issues at the VA clinics in Colorado Springs and Denver.

Ellis currently lives on $600 a month, and he has been fighting for several years for his VA disability.

He said he has been deeply touched by so many people who have pitched in to help him, especially when those individuals don't really have much to give.

"That means a lot to me," he said. "Every little bit helps.

"All I want is to have a roof over my head, have a house, not go hungry and make it to my doctors, because with my medical issues, seeing my doctors is what is keeping me alive. I need to always be able to go to my doctors and to the hospital. I don't like it, but there's nothing I can do about it. It's just what has happened to me and the circumstances I have, and my life depends on it."

(Daily Record Article)
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Update 3
Posted by Angel Simms-Adair
23 days ago
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I can't thank you ALL enough for the kindness of selfless giving ya'll are doing to help Big G! He is beyond grateful to each and EVERY one of you! Please keep sharing the GoFundMe link, and keep the donations coming. Gerald says "God bless you all"
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Update 2
Posted by Angel Simms-Adair
24 days ago
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The car is a total loss. Please help if you can.
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Update 1
Posted by Angel Simms-Adair
25 days ago
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"Gerald is not just a friend of the peoples but this man served and offered his life for us the people. Gerald has to go back and forth to the VA in Colorado Springs and Denver. Gerald has had several operations and continues to have to go to the hospitals and doctors. Gerald asks for nothing but gives everything. It's time we the people give Gerald a hand and help him get a vehicle to get him back and forth to the VA. He needs our help. Anything counts from 10.00 to 500.00 it doesn't matter as it all goes for a great cause. So I am asking you from the bottom of my heart to please help and donate to Gerald."
-Boyd
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Raised by 76 people in 25 days
Created December 28, 2018
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