Family in need

$7,720 of $1 goal

Raised by 98 people in 4 months
Jennifer M Jones Weston
on behalf of Autumn Grushka
 PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL
My name is Jennifer Weston and I live in PBG, FL and last night my best friend Autumn and her daughter Layla lost there house and everything except what they grab in seconds to a fire. The fires in Gatlinburg, TN are out of control and last night she walk out her front door and notice the forest behind her house was in flames and new she had to just get her, Layla and her dogs out of the house and area. I spoke to Autumn around 11:30 pm last night and she was in tears not because her house was most likely to be gone in the morning, but because she didn't have time to go tell all her neighbors to get out asap.
So I woke up this morning and called Autumn to find out just what we thought. Everything she owned was gone. Not only the material things which I know she doesn't care about but all of Layla's baby pictures along with any sentimental things she had.

Autumn is a single mom to her beautiful 7 year old daughter and she always try's to make the best of every situation. But this is devastating and Autumn is the type who will never ask for help. So I am going to do it for her.

No dollar amount can change what she has lost but it can be a good start to a new home and things Layla will need. If you are unable to give I know she will be so grateful to have people praying for her and the people in Gatlinburg.

This is what's left of there home
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Update 3
Posted by Jennifer M Jones Weston
4 months ago
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Autumn Tells her story of what happen!! Still breaks my heart for them both.

On that Monday am as we were headed to school it was already very smoky. When I went to work at 11 I was incomplete shock, it looked like it was 7pm but with an orange tint! They called school out at 12ish. We went home and the house was smelling smoky so I taped off around all the doors and closed the flue. We went and did errands and came back to house around 600. It was definitely smokier inside. A few friends called saying I should leave but I really didn't think we were in that kind of danger! Finally around 7ish I decided we would go bc my daughter said her eyes were burning. So I loaded our 2 dogs and a few other things into the car. It was so windy I told her to look at the ground and cover her eyes. When I finally got in the car, well as I was shutting my door....I saw embers in the driveway. My heart dropped. Then she started screaming and crying and pointed out the top of the hill to the left of us was on fire! I got to the bottom of our hill and the whole mountain was on fire. There's a hotel below our house so I drove over and ran and told them. They said they just saw and just called. My daughter was frantic!

Help Autumn and Layla!!
This once was the place they called home.
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Update 2
Posted by Jennifer M Jones Weston
4 months ago
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An update from Autumn herself on Facebook. Thought you all would like to know how she is doing.

I have tried to write a thank you letter on here a million times to all of you that have showed so much support. I can't find the words! Just a "thank you" feels like not enough! So I've decided to tell you this....I've cried a lot! When it hits me of an item that I've lost like Layla's baby book, it hurts but with prayers and kind words it eases the sting. When I realize I've lost my favorite shirt, I look up and there's 10 new ones in front of me to find a new favorite shirt!
So with all the sad tears, all of you and my family are replacing them with a thousand more happy ones
❤️
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Update 1
Posted by Jennifer M Jones Weston
4 months ago
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An update on Autumn and Layla! The devastation has really set in today. They were finally allowed to go back to where they once called home. I was on FaceTime with Autumn and had me in tears. Layla doesn't understand and is so worried about all of her stuff that is now to ashes like her favorite stuffed animals and toys she was worried they were not ok. Something a 7 year old doesn't understand why.

To hear Autumn just say I just want to go home and be in my home in hysterics makes my heart ache. Let's continue to pray for them and donate if possible.

I have included a couple pictures that I took while we were on FaceTime.
The cliff behind the photo is where the fire began
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Gaby Suhl
4 months ago
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Hi! I would love to get Layla a new lamb. I live in New Zealand and make soft toys for a living. I have a sheep called Miranda that she might like. She is welcome to chose another toy if she prefers. She can see them on www.gollyfamily.com). Where could I send it to her? Thanks!

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Sheena Harris Bozarth
4 months ago

I am from Florida and made a trip to Gatlinburg last week with donations. Everything is sorted and ready to go and it's at Douglas Lakeview Riding Stables. We dropped off a 16ft trailer full of items and please go check it out I'd get in touch with the sweet ladies there.

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Lauren Stanton
4 months ago

Autumn I am so sorry for the devastating loss of all your sentimental items!! I will send money, prayers, and stuff for Layla your way. What size is she, and where should I ship stuff to? You can text me the info. We love you, and want to help in any way possible!!! Xoxo

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Karen Gregory
4 months ago

I will send my love and prayers. Hopefully, she has insurance and they will replace all that she had. I went through this three years ago and it is really frightening.

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Debbie Baldwin
4 months ago

Sending you lots of love & prayers xoxo

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Michelle SC
4 months ago

Thinking of you and Layla Autumn. It must be such a difficult time for you but you are safe and I'm so thankful for that. Take care and keep in touch.

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Vivian Helms
4 months ago

My prayers are with you and all who are going thru this.

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Patricia Smith
4 months ago

From one single mom to another, praying for you .

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$7,720 of $1 goal

Raised by 98 people in 4 months
Created November 29, 2016
Jennifer M Jones Weston  
on behalf of Autumn Grushka
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Christiana Childers
2 months ago
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I read about the fires and was stirred to action by Jeremy Cowart's moving photography. I didn't do anything at the time as we were dealing with a family member who has terminal cancer but the images haven't left my mind. I wanted to send support to you because of your daughter. It's hard enough to be a single mom without losing everything. I hope this little bit helps! All the best, Christiana

CL
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Cassie Lockhart
3 months ago
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$150
Anonymous
3 months ago
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$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
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$25
Freshie Lawrence
3 months ago
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❤️

KF
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Ked Francis
3 months ago
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My mom was/is a single mother, though we're all grown. Good luck to you both!

$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
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DD
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Dawn Darnell
4 months ago
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BF
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Brad & Kathy Foss
4 months ago
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Faith, Hope and Love From Madison Ave Old Time Photos West Yellowstone, MT

AA
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A Anonymous
4 months ago
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Gaby Suhl
4 months ago
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Hi! I would love to get Layla a new lamb. I live in New Zealand and make soft toys for a living. I have a sheep called Miranda that she might like. She is welcome to chose another toy if she prefers. She can see them on www.gollyfamily.com). Where could I send it to her? Thanks!

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Sheena Harris Bozarth
4 months ago

I am from Florida and made a trip to Gatlinburg last week with donations. Everything is sorted and ready to go and it's at Douglas Lakeview Riding Stables. We dropped off a 16ft trailer full of items and please go check it out I'd get in touch with the sweet ladies there.

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Lauren Stanton
4 months ago

Autumn I am so sorry for the devastating loss of all your sentimental items!! I will send money, prayers, and stuff for Layla your way. What size is she, and where should I ship stuff to? You can text me the info. We love you, and want to help in any way possible!!! Xoxo

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Karen Gregory
4 months ago

I will send my love and prayers. Hopefully, she has insurance and they will replace all that she had. I went through this three years ago and it is really frightening.

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Debbie Baldwin
4 months ago

Sending you lots of love & prayers xoxo

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Michelle SC
4 months ago

Thinking of you and Layla Autumn. It must be such a difficult time for you but you are safe and I'm so thankful for that. Take care and keep in touch.

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Vivian Helms
4 months ago

My prayers are with you and all who are going thru this.

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Patricia Smith
4 months ago

From one single mom to another, praying for you .

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