Single mother says community's help 'a true blessing' following house fire

Housefire Jennifer Pierce

"People need to know that there are good people out there — not everybody's bad," Jennifer Pierce, pictured with her children, Robert, Jaden and Trista, says. The community's contributions following an April 15 house fire spurred this realization, she said. Anyone wishing to help the family replace household items can call Jennifer at 850-307-7278.

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 03:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Jennifer Pierce says she's witnessed "a true blessing" after a house fire last week claimed the two-story rental she shared with her three children.

North Okaloosa residents who saw the Crestview News Bulletin Online's Saturday article about the engulfed Crape Myrtle Townhomes residence have come forward in a big way, she said.

New Beginnings Church on West James Lee Boulevard brought food, toys and clothes for Jennifer and her children, Robert, 11; Trista, 9; and Jaden, 8, she said.

Their church, Pentecostals of Baker, provided two mattresses for a bunk bed donated by the Waterfront Rescue Mission, which also provided a sleeper sofa. Robert and Jaden will share the bed; for now, mother and daughter will share the sofa.

The Salvation Army in Fort Walton Beach will provide dishes and bedding, Jennifer said.

What once seemed like a hopeless situation has provided a revelation about the kindness of North Okaloosa neighbors.

"It's amazing to see the community pull together," Jennifer said as her voice started to crack on Monday. "People need to know that there are good people out there — not everybody's bad."

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