To the News Enterprise:
A month ago, our family was struck by tragedy. We had a fire that totally destroyed our home in the middle of the night. Despite the efforts of the six fire companies that responded along with our local EMS, we lost everything including a family pet. All we had left were the clothes on our backs.
While the smoke cleared and the sun broke through, family and friends arrived. Tears were shed, hugs were received. By noon, close friends, Joe Bibby of the Band Avalanche, Joelene Slater of J&J Foxx Lair Tavern, and Nancy Heckett of Wevertown Country Store were putting together a benefit. The benefit was held on Nov. 11 (also Amy’s Birthday) at J&J Foxx Lair Tavern, and it was a huge success.
Since then, the house lot has been cleared by Joe Cleveland and Fred Hitchcock, who have spent countless hours making it so we can drive by and not see the evidence of the fire.
In the hours, days and weeks that followed the fire, this community has been incredibly generous with donations of food, money and clothing, including a very special donation given by the Steven L. Smith Band from the proceeds of their recent Nashville Nights event.
A big thank you to everyone who donated items for the benefit, all the bands who donated their time and music, and to all the miscellaneous donations by classmates, family, friends, local businesses, churches, and even people whom we’ve never met. Thank you small community town of Johnsburg, we are getting back on our feet. What a great place to live!
Cleveland’s (Amy, Bruce, Mark and family)