After a year in a shed, Junie rebuilds burned home
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
A Tift County woman is asking for help to rebuild her home nearly a year after a fire burned up the inside of the home she's occupied nearly her whole life.
Junie Wilson accidentally left food in her oven last September, and awoke just before flames and smoke overtook the home.
Now, she's making the most of what she has left. "I was just devastated. I never had anything like this happen to me," Wilson said.
The entire kitchen was in flames, and smoke heavily damaged the rest of the home, leaving it uninhabitable. "But I thank God that everybody was here for me. They've just been wonderful," said Wilson.
Just a short walk from Wilson's old back door is her new home-- an old utility shed that she and her friends turned into her living quarters. "It's my home until that home is fixed."
She now pays for a port-a-potty monthly, and friends donated random items, including this air conditioning unit, to fill up the house. "Hot plates, fans, everything. And I just thank God for everything that everybody has done for me," she said.
Friends helped her strip down her old home and clean up other trash. Now they're taking it one step further. "I profess to be a Christian," Barbara White said. "I love the Lord and I feel it my responsibility to help anyone that I can."
"If she needs help, I help her. If I need help, I know she'd do the same for me," Lula Gammage said.
They've set up an online donation fund to help the widowed Wilson raise money to rebuild her home, a dream and desire that would elate her.
"Heavenly. I mean it'll be… I don't know how to express it. It'd be joy. Just joy," Wilson said.