Friday, October 31, 2014

Prayers for the Woods/Jimenez Family

If you live in Colorado, you might be familiar with the tragic and horrible story of Alex Jimenez and his family. If you aren't, here's what happened (via Gofundme):

On the morning of October 14th, 2014 flames engulfed the mobile home of Jennifer and her two young sons Jayden and Alex. Tragically, Alex (age 2) was unable to make it out of the home and passed away. Jennifer and other neighbors tried their best to fight their way into the burning home, but because the flames were too hot and the smoke too intense, they couldn't get inside to rescue Alex. Jennifer and her son Jayden were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Once fire fighters arrived, the roof had collapsed, making it nearly impossible to enter the home. There are several other family members who resided at this mobile home and were at work when the fire started. Neighbors say that Jennifer and her family were very loving, always playing with the children outside. Leon, Alex's grandpa was always seen around the neighborhood with Alex on his shoulders or cuddled into a stroller. Alex and his family are beloved people of the Boulder Meadows Community.

This family is in need of tremendous love and support while they grieve this unimaginable loss. They will need financial support as well as household items, furniture, food, and clothing. They lost everything in this fire. The goal for funding has been set at $50,000, but any amount will go a long way. Please help in any way you can so this family can start to heal and rebuild.

This GoFundMe account is directly connected to a trust fund set up in Alex's name through Wells Fargo. Any money you donate through this site will be directly deposited into the Alex Jimenez Memorial Fund. If you feel more comfortable donating directly to Wells Fargo, or only have cash or a check, you can walk into any Wells Fargo branch to donate. The family is also working closely with The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church located off of Mapleton in Boulder and have stated that people can drop off gift cards for the family at their church. If you have physical items to donate, their is an advocate working directly with the family who can help coordinate a drop off. I will not be sharing that person's name or phone number on this website, but if you wish to donate a physical item, please send me a message and I can pass the advocate's contact information along to you privately. You are also welcome to donate items to the surrounding neighbors' homes at 4500 19th St. in Boulder, CO 80304. Their lot numbers are 4,10, and 11.

The family does need their space and time to grieve, so if you have any items to donate, it is preferred that the items be dropped off at the neighbors' home or the church they are affiliated with. Thank you so much for your time and generosity.

Brandon works with both Jennifer and her dad and says they couldn't be nicer.

Our hearts are absolutely breaking for their family.

Today, I am asking for you to pray for this family who lost literally everything; their home, their belongings.. but most importantly, their precious two-year-old Alex. If you're also able to, I'd like to ask you to consider making a donation to the family (whether it be food, clothing, or money) to help during this difficult time. If you're interested in helping, the link for the Gofundme page can be found here.

Thank you.

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