Officers Lose Home to Fire

$6,410 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 15 days
Created June 2, 2019
Adam and Amanda lost their house and possessions in a house fire (6/2). They have lost so much and will need to rebuild. Every bit helps! 

Adam is a law enforcement officer with Laurens County and Amanda is a law enforcement officer with Newberry County. Together they have 5 beautiful children. 

The goal of this to try to  help ease some of their expense to rebuild. All money donated will be given to help them move forward. 

If a donation isn’t possible, please pray for this family and share!
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Since we hit our first goal of $5000, we have increased the goal to $10000! Thank you to everyone who has donated!!!
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We learned today that gofundme takes special steps to ensure the right people get the funds. I received an email that they noticed the page was not for me. Because of this, donations would be accepted but I would need to set a beneficiary (the person/people) the money was intended. So Amanda was contacted and we got it all taken care of. There is NO third party. All money raised goes directly to Amanda’s account once withdrawn. I want everyone to know who has been so generous to donate to this amazing family, they are receiving every bit. And they are so grateful for everyone who has taken time to share, pray and/or donate to help. There has been such an outpouring of kindness and compassion. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Thank you!!
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A message Amanda posted to FB:

“As we are finally starting to wind down from day 2 we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone. As we woke up Sunday morning, it was as any other morning. We were going to Furman for my nieces dance recital. Any other Sunday morning we would be getting ready for church. A routine morning for a household of 7. No, that doesn’t match, no you can’t wear your Paw Patrol shirt. Get your shoes on. No, not those. Your good ones. Brush your hair. Brush your teeth. Let me braid your hair. You aren’t ready yet? Black britches or khaki? Get out the door. Stop and get the kids donuts for breakfast. Enjoy the beautiful view while traveling to Furman. Get there, get tickets and go on in. Again, as a family of 7, it was girls with me, boys with Adam, let’s go pee before it gets started. Then we got the call. Our home was on fire. The Fire Department was on scene and actively fighting to save our home. My sister tells us to leave the kids and we rush home. However, there is no rushing home from Furman. That was a solemn ride to Newberry with many unanswered questions. Because these were people we knew, worked with, we called for an update. Was patched through to Deputies on scene. We were told they got our service weapons. My heart melted. We were told it didn’t look good and to just get there safely. Still riding down 385 we received calls from coworkers, friends, and Sheriffs saying they were on the way. Turning onto our street and the street was blocked. We were immediately met with faces we knew, people we have trained with, people we have stood beside on calls. As we walked to our home, the smell of smoke hit us like a ton of bricks. The Fire Department still had fire hose on the ground and our brothers and sisters of the thin red line were finally getting medical treatment and rehydrating. They stood with us as we just stood in awe and fear. We were given our water soaked, soot covered boots, to see what was left of our life. My boots were so bad that I was given Bunker boots. I aimlessly wandered into what was left of our home in a dress and bunker boots as a Fire Fighter stood by my side. Seeing our home destroyed was devastating. Seeing our children’s toys covered in water and soot, I couldn’t handle it. After that it was a whirlwind, an out of body experience. We had so many people pointing us in directions that we didn’t even knew we needed to do. People who cared asking: where are y’all going to go? Do you have somewhere to stay? Why are clothing sizes? Text messages and phone call were more of the same (and if we haven’t responded, I’m so sorry). But these were questions that we didn’t have the answers to. We didn’t know what to do. That is where our friends, family, church families, Blue Line families have stepped in. We were told where we were going to stay and that we would be ok. Our Sheriffs had our backs. Then the outpouring of support from the community and beyond. From setting up a BBQ Fundraiser (before the Fire Department had even left the scene), to a Gofundme page, clothing, toiletries, gift cards, hugs and prayers, Our family will NEVER be able to repay the debt. Please continue to lift us in thoughts and prayers as we rebuild our home. But in the famous words of Preacher O’Dell “Home is where the Heart is”. We are safe. We have somewhere to lay our heads and a community, as this, behind us, we will persevere. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you all have done.”
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When I made this, I had very little information. I mainly knew the house caught fire and they had lost most everything. So, now with a bit more information, here’s a little more info/update.

I met with Adam and Amanda today. They are tired from a sleepless night of worry on what comes next. By the Grace of God, no one was home. So no one was injured! They are currently staying in a hotel (unknown how long). But with that, it means that most meals will have to be eaten out (which gets expensive). A lot of damage was done, barely anything is salvageable. Two of the boys closed their bed room door before leaving. Because of that, there is smoke damage but their items may be more salvageable than everything else.

They are in good spirits, all things considered. They are grateful for all the generosity being shown to them. In addition to this fund, both Newberry County SO and Laurens County SO are accepting gift cards and donations. These are currently the only outlets we know raising money/taking donations.

If you are unable to contribute, please just pray for this family. It’s a bad enough situation losing their home. But they have 5 children. They are both exceptional parents and will do everything possible to rebuild.

To everyone that has donated, or will, know that they are beyond grateful. Thank you is not simply enough to show their gratitude. For everyone that has prayed, it is well received and they are again so grateful.

And lastly, please continue to share. Every bit helps.
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Raised by 66 people in 15 days
Created June 2, 2019
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