Laronda, 31, kept the hat and shoes her grandfather wore when he died of a heart attack in 2018. She also saved as a memory his obituary and a T-shirt bearing his photo.
Laronda lost these mementos and everything she owned when a fire destroyed her Jernigan Gardens apartment on Dec. 12. The fire displaced 44 residents.
She and her three daughters, ages 6, 9 and 11, were not home when the fire broke out. Laronda said sadly her children lost their two pet guinea pigs in the fire.
“They were crying,” Laronda said. “They were petrified. They had made their guinea pigs their own TiKTok (social media account).”
Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, Laronda’s spirits were lifted Friday when she came to The Mustard Seed and received home furnishings, clothing and new toys for her children for Christmas. Laronda relocated to a new apartment in Jernigan Gardens.
“I never knew I had so many supporters willing to reach out and help us,” Laronda said. “I got basically everything I needed to furnish my house. I’m very appreciative.”
December 1, 2021
Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation for its $15,000 grant award to support our Furnishing Basic Stability for Families Program.
Your investment in our mission Makes a House a Home for Central Florida families in need.
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November 10, 2021
We’d like to thank our event sponsors, in-kind sponsors, silent auction donors, Mustard Seed Board of Directors, attendees and volunteers for making our Raise the Table fundraiser a successful event! Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission!
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