Family rises from the ashes

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 25, 2006

Amber Jordan had no idea that such a caring community surrounded her.

However, after a Nov. 19 fire completely destroyed her home, she quickly found out how friends and neighbors in Crenshaw County would pull together to aid someone in a crisis.

&#8220I can't even begin to say how much I appreciate the generosity everyone has shown us,” Jordan said.

Early on the morning of Nov. 19, Jordan was at her mother's house, where she was about to go deer hunting with relatives. Her husband, Bo, was in Mississippi at the time because of his job. She received a phone call around 7 a.m. saying that her house, which was located at 693 Moody Pond Road, was on fire.

&#8220They told me an electrical outlet that my freezer was plugged into had shorted out,” she said. &#8220By the time the fire departments arrived, it was too late.”

Even though no one was home at the time, Jordan's three dogs and one cat were at the residence, outside, and they escaped injury.

&#8220We lost everything we had,” she said. &#8220All of my furniture and clothes, and, of course, pictures, which can't be replaced.”

&#8220I had five deer heads and a bobcat mounted on the wall, too, that I lost,” she said.

Immediately after the fire, Jordan said that she and her husband, who had lived in the house all of his life, began to receive clothes, food and money &#8220to get us back on our feet.”

Many area businesses donated gift certificates to their stores for the couple to redeem; plus, other businesses donated items and gift certificates that were auctioned off at the Chapel Hill Community Center to raise money for the couple.

&#8220Siloam Baptist Church gave us a ‘burn shower,'” she said. &#8220Several other churches and the whole community participated in that benefit.”

She and her husband were given groceries, household items such as a coffee pot and a laundry basket, cleaning supplies and even handmade quilts.

&#8220The thoughtfulness and support of all of these people have really helped to ease the pain of losing our home,” she said. &#8220I can't thank everyone enough for what they have done for us.”

The couple has been temporarily living with her brother, R.T. Mount. They recently bought another home with 15 acres of land, but &#8220we have to do some renovations before we can move into it.”

&#8220We're hoping to move in three to six months,” Jordan said.

The Jordans wanted to personally thank the following businesses and churches for all of their help and support: Welch's Tire, Big Daddy's Outfitters, State Farm Insurance, Angelia's Flowers, New Beginnings, Ranch House BBQ, Trendsetters, Kate's Kountry, Richburg's OK Tire, Crenshaw Animal Clinic, Factory Connection, DSA Graphics & Designs, The Art Room, Crenshaw County Health Dept., Steppin' Out, Budget Shop, Luverne Co-op, Hick's Inc., Lisa's Jewelry Box, McGough Auto, Darlene's Hair Salon, Country One Stop, Rogers Store, H & H Lawn Service, Stephens Concrete, the Department of Human Resources, Rock Hill Church of Christ, Siloam Baptist Church, South Luverne Baptist, Luverne Church of Christ, Pleasant Home Baptist, Petrey Church and The Alpha & Omega Church.

The Jordans also wanted to thank and express their gratitude to the Rutledge, Chapel Hill, Honoraville and Luverne volunteer fire departments.