- A heartwarming story about a family whose house burned down recently was shared online
- In a clip, a kind neighbour can be seen running over to warn them about the fire that was engulfing their home
- Shortly thereafter the family started a funding page and started receiving overwhelming support from people who heard their story
A truly heartwarming story of a tragedy that has brought out the best in many people has been shared online. In a clip that was posted on Facebook by a user with the name, Graciela Yesenia Bern, a worried neighbour can be seen running to warn the people next door that their house is on fire.
Not long into the clip, the entire family is out of the house before any real physical harm is done. After the house burned down completely, a friend of the family started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new start:
"2021 started in the worst way possible. Nicole and David woke up to loud banging on the front door. Their neighbour was alerting them that the house was on fire.
"Thank God everyone was able to get out safely, but unfortunately they have lost everything. David and Nicole along with their four children will have to start fresh.
"I ask that you please consider donating to help them find a new home and get the basic necessities for their family. Everything is appreciated! God bless!"
Soon the page received overwhelming support from many people across the world who helped them raise approximately R747k towards building a new home and starting their lives from scratch.
Kind-hearted donors had this to say:
Priscilla Ortiz said:
"This story touched my heart deeply. I pray you all are safe and comforted and receive all that you need. God bless you all."
Sophia Gionis said:
"I donated because I want the best for this family and I hope they can recover financially and mentally quickly."
In other touching Briefly.co.za news, BI Phakathi shared a video on Facebook in which he gives a homeless man his wallet and told him to take as much money out of it as he would like. He approached a man lying on the pavement and asked him if he had eaten that day, to which the man replied that he had not.
The man introduced himself as Gert and told him that he had lost his family and he now lives on the street but still considers that he is blessed. Phakathi was concerned that the man had not eaten and asked the man what he was going to do.
Gert said that he was just going to lie there for the day. Phakathi offered the man his wallet and told him to take as much as he wants. Gert removed a single hundred rand note. Phakathi told him to take another note, Gert was blown away by the gesture and gratefully took it from him.
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