A Jasper-area family left homeless by a house fire a few weeks ago, expresses their gratitude to the many donors who gave them cash, groceries, and clothing.
"We want to give a big hug to everyone," said old Nichol and Eric Taylor.
"We are blessed. We thank you for sending the people to help us. God sent them," gushed Nichol. "We would like to express our gratitude from the bottom of our hearts."
Some of the donated items which have a lot of meaning for Nichol include a Bible, which was delivered by a local pastor, and a home-made, hand-quilted blanket brought by a couple of women who read about the family's plight.
The mother of four was left literally without food, clothing, or a place to stay after fire engulfed their home. Day by day, donors paid for nights at a hotel stay at the Super 8 motel in Jasper.
After they move out of their hotel in mid-November, the family plans to move into a three bedroom home. Nichol is excited because the home has a large yard for the children to play in. The owners of the home offered reasonable terms and a rent-to-own option.
Kaylie, the eldest of their four children, who suffers from Asperbergers Syndrome and at least a couple of anxiety disorders, has been placed in a home-school program. The program teacher paid the fee in order to help the family cope during this difficult time. Eric and Nichol's children are ages 10, 7, 5 and 2.
The family used some of the donated funds to rent a vehicle since the sensors and hoses in the family truck melted in the fire, rendering the truck un drivable.
"But we're not going to worry about it," said Nichol. "God will provide."
"We want to air a 'thank you' for helping us," said Nichol.
Since the ABC 3340 story first aired, more than $7,000 dollars has been given to the family. Relatives who heard about it on the news, called the Taylor's and asked them for some of the money. Nichol said the family should be ashamed for "begging" for help on television, but also said the family should share proceeds with them.
Donations to "Eric Taylor" at the First Bank of Jasper have slowed, but the bank account remains open for others to give if they want.
Several viewers contacted Eric to offer him a job, but by the time he was able to get there, the position had been filled. Eric heard about a job opening in construction. He plans to pursue that position.
Nichol said one of the things she missed the most was a home-cooked meal. She said when one person heard that, he gave the family a home-made meal to enjoy in their motel room.