A Jefferson City woman and her three young children now have a place to live after losing their home in a fire Sunday night, all thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Less than three days after Sarah Perez Hernandez' trailer in Apache Flats burned to the ground, one of her facebook friends saw that she had no place to go. When Sarah Jenkins learned that someone that she knows of who lives close by was going to be homeless, she felt compelled to act.
"I saw the pictures of her home burnt on Facebook, and I just thought that it's Christmas and this family is without anything," Jenkins said. "So, I sent out a mass post to all of my closest friends."
"Before I knew it, it just started blowing up. Everyone wanted to donate. And so I thought 'okay, let's get this family into a home befor the holidays.'"
Jenkins said she traveled all over mid-Missouri to get the donations she needed for Hernandez' family. She said Facebook was key in reaching out to people who wanted to help.
Sarah Jenkins is a Corwin Group Employee. When she told her employer about the woman's situation, they helped pay for the apartment. Jenkins collected donations from everyone ranging from complete strangers to family members. In the end, Jenkins was able to deliver a truckload of goods to Hernandez' new apartment in Columbia, enough for the Hernandez and her three daughters.
"It warms my heart," Hernandez said. "I didn't think too many people would care, this kind of stuff happens to everybody. You never think it would happen to you."
"I'm so happy and excited that they would just do this, that they would help me out. They barely know me."
Jenkins said she intends to collect toys for the children to open as presents on Christmas day. If you would like to make a donation to their family, you can reach out to the Hernandez family on their Facebook page.
Hernandez called Jenkins' efforts a Christmas miracle.