On Nov. 20, my daughter and son-in-law, Raven and Eric Peeples of the New Ellenton area, were burned out of their residence. They have three sons: DJ, 8 years old; Jayden, 6 years old; and JaKobi, 3 months old. They lost everything, including pets inside the home. On behalf of our whole family, I would like to express our gratitude to the entire Aiken community for stepping up to help when it was needed the most.
People we don’t even know have gone through closets, attics and garages to provide clothes, linens, and other items that we often take for granted. Churches have donated funds. Various nonprofit organizations in the area have also donated their services to assist my kids and grandkids. Even other children have cleaned out their toy boxes to give to the boys. A local pet store also donated a gerbil, cage and supplies to the boys since their gerbil, Spooky, was also lost in the fire. Due to others sharing the story on Facebook, people from all over the country have also called, emailed, and messaged offering their support through prayers and gift cards.
We as a family are humbled to be on the receiving end of such thoughtfulness, and we would like to let everyone know how thankful we are. Unfortunately, words are not enough to express just how deeply we have been touched by the numerous caring and generous acts that have touched our lives. As a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I know personally just how many families are struck by tragedy every day, but when it happens to your family, it seems unreal. The overwhelming support from everyone during this trying time has made it all much easier to handle. It seems like it’s not enough, but we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This entire situation has given our family a major “something” to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.