As the sisters got together and brainstormed what we could do this holiday season, we threw around a lot of ideas – 12 days of fudge recipe, our favorite Christmas cookies, even 12 days of giveaways . . . but nothing felt right. Then we had a new idea- what if we found 12 families who could use a little bit of extra help and love this holiday season?
Last year we were blown away by the thoughtfulness of our readers as we helped one family who was going through a hard time, so this year we decided that we would go a little further and help 12 families! To us, we feel the most joy when we focus on what the holidays are really all about and we believe that the true meaning of Christmas is to love and serve others. With that being said, we are so excited to bring to you our 12 Days of Giving Back!For the next 12 days, we will be introducing you to 12 different families who were nominated by our readers as people who could use a little extra help this during this time. We received HUNDREDS of nominations and each story touched our hearts. The 12 that we chose really had an impact on us and we knew that we needed to help them.
With each post, we will tell one family’s story and share ways that you can help this family in need. Even if you don’t have money to donate but would still like to help, we will be donating $1 for every recipe that is uploaded to our new recipe sharing site, My Recipe Magic (up to $100 per day). If you would like to share your recipes and help donate to the family, CLICK HERE for the instructions to get you started (it’s easy!).
To say that the Jones’ family has had a rough year is a little bit of an understatement.
This darling family first caught my attention because of the children- they have SIX DAUGHTERS!
Sounds familiar, right?! 🙂
We love seeing other families who have six girls and no boys, just like us.
This cute family is from Arizona. The daughters range in age from 4-16 years old.
They had lived in the same home for about 13 years before the dad, Ron, was laid off from his job earlier this year. For months, he searched for another job and finally found one in Oklahoma. However, there were no homes available for his family there, so he wasn’t able to take the job.
After months of being separated from his family while searching for work, he finally found a new job in the same state. The whole family moved to the new little town and had only been there for about 6 weeks before the house they were renting went up in flames.
The Jones family lost nearly everything — they had no local renter’s insurance because the insurance company had told them that the area was prone to fires — when a burning piece of material from their grill landed in a pile of empty moving boxes on the other side of their porch.
The entire family was inside the home when it caught on fire. The youngest daughter, age 4, was the first to see the fire and they say she was the one who saved them. The family was able to get out of the house and they used a fire extinguisher to try and put it out. They then realized that it was a much more intense job and tried using their water hoses, but those didn’t help either. By the time the fire crews arrived 15 minutes later, the entire house and both cars were completely engulfed in flames.
The firefighters spent an hour putting out the fire and deemed the house as a total loss. Thankfully, no one was hurt (including the family dogs), but they had absolutely nothing but the clothes on their backs. The older girls lost their diaries. One daughter lost her prom dress. Macy, who wants to be a writer, lost her entire book collection and a story she had been penning for more than a year. The 4-year-old lost her blankie and the mom lost her wedding dress. All school supplies, clothes, shoes, pictures- completely lost.
She also thought she had lost her wedding ring in the fire, so Ron went back to what remained of their house to look for it in the ashes the next morning after the fire. He slogged through the foam and kept digging in that area where she thought it was until he found it. He also found a plaque that had been hanging in the family’s house. Somehow, it was not destroyed by the fire. On the plaque was a quote that said, “The most important things in life aren’t things.” The family is trying to keep that motto in mind as they piece their lives back together- grateful that they still are all together.
Because they had lived in their new home for more than 30 days before the fire, their insurance company in their old city will cover only 10 percent of their lost property. Only the cars, which were both destroyed in the blaze, were fully covered, and Ron said those insurance claims look like they are going to take a long time to go through.
In the meantime, this family has stayed so positive through this whole ordeal. The cost of replacing clothing, school supplies, furniture, and just items to help them live has been hard and overwhelming. As we were going through the process of choosing families for the 12 Days of Giving Back, we just kept coming back to this family. We know what it’s like when your father is unemployed, as we have been through that before. However, we can’t even imagine what it would be like to move to a new home and have it burn down (along with everything inside of it) just a couple weeks later. It would be absolutely devastating.
This holiday season, we would love to help the Jones family as they work to reestablish their lives and home. For a family who lost everything, every little bit helps!
We also know that for many of you, money is tight. So during these next twelve days, for every recipe that is uploaded to our new site (My Recipe Magic) we will donate $1 to the family who we spotlight each day (up to $100 a day). For instructions on how to upload a recipe, CLICK HERE.
All money donated during the 12 Days of Giving Back will go directly to the families and the specific bank accounts that they have set up through PayPal of GoFundMe. All families chosen for this have been thoroughly screened and we feel you can donate confidently, knowing that your donation is safe and is going to a most-deserving family.