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Friends of Ivory Hut

Yesterday morning started off like any other morning…coffee, e-mail, Twitter…that is, until I got to a tweet sent by Erika of The Ivory Hut and suddenly felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach:

Our house burned down last night. Barely made it out alive. Homeless, possession-less. But we’re all safe & together. Still richly blessed.

I immediately went to her blog to see if she’d been able to write anything else, and was relieved to find out that her and her family were all okay, and that nobody had been injured…they had all made it out safely and were staying at a friend’s home. She writes on her blog:

A mere hour or so later—and instant, really—we were outside, in our shirts and shorts, watching our house crumble as it was engulfed in flames. I’ll never forget that hissing and crackling noise as my husband’s home of almost 30 years practically disintegrated before our eyes.

But we were safe. All of us. Our son Tim, without hesitation, ran back inside when he realized his grandmother was sleeping upstairs. By the time he got to her, it was too late to try and exit the house the same way he came in. Fortunately, Tom had devised a fire escape plan years ago, and Tim was able to bodily carry his feeble 82-year-old grandmother out the window, onto the roof, and eventually down on the deck. The sight of this brave son of mine carrying his grandmother as he ran down the lawn and away from the house is one I will never forget.

Obviously, none of us slept last night. We are fortunate to belong to a congregation that is as close to us as family, and one of our dear friends drove to our house last night to pick us up and take us to her home, which is where I sit right now, typing this.

Though I only just met Erika recently, she is a great inspiration to me as a blogger, a photographer, and a person. She has a quiet strength and a heart of gold, and it is my sincere hope that we can all rally around her and help in any way that we can in order to lessen the stress of what she’s going through. As of right now, Alice of Savory Sweet Life and Maggy of Three Many Cooks have created a site that allows you to give monetary donations that will be sent to Erika immediately. She lost everything in the fire except the clothes on her back and currently has no access to a bank since all of her identification was burned in the fire, so please consider visiting Friends of Ivory Hut and making a donation to help her afford basic necessities until this is all sorted out. Thank you!

Posted by on September 2, 2010.

Categories: events

9 Responses

  1. Oh wow. What a devastating tragedy to lose one’s home like this but Thank the Lord Erika and her loved ones escaped without physical harm. That is something to be truly grateful for. It is with the help and support of friends like you, Tracy–and I’m sure many strangers, like me– that Erika and her family will recover from such a loss. Thanks for letting me know. I do visit Erika’s blog, but not as frequently as I visit yours.

    by Christine on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  2. Thank you so much for getting the word out. Appreciate it so much!

    by alice on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  3. I just read about this through @Herbguy… I’m so glad the family is alright and know the world of friends will help recovery some. How proud they must be of their son!! My heart goes out to them… Tracy, thanks for providing a way for us to help!

    by Analog Girl on Sep 3, 2010 at 4:02 am

  4. Great job at getting the word out. I have been thinking and praying for Erika and her family all week.

    by Maria on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

  5. Beautiful post Tracy. It is such a heartbreaking story. Hoping we can all pull together and raise money for her family.

    by Jenny Flake on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

  6. Oh my gosh Tracy! That is horrible. Thank you for being kind enough to spread the word about another blogger in great need of help. Completely heart breaking.

    by Raina on Sep 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  7. This is horrible. My first apartment burned. Although I was young and had just started on my own, to see everything you own gone, is the most depressing situation I’ve ever experienced.

    by Michelle on Sep 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  8. Erika is in all of our thoughts and the food blogging community is doing an amazing job of pulling together for her.

    by Cookin' Canuck on Sep 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  9. I can’t even imagine what she must be going through. I’m so glad an account was set up so we can help.

    by Barbara Bakes on Sep 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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