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Wow! I don’t know where to start. I think this is a bad dream until I look at my burned house. Then reality sets in. You don’t think it could happen to you, and then bam! Since that Sunday (Nov. 24), I have found out what a wonderful community Woodleaf is.
I feel like the actress who just won an academy award and doesn’t know who to thank first. I’m going to try really hard to thank everyone, but I know I will leave some out. Please forgive me — I didn’t do it on purpose.
First, I want to thank God for protecting my granddaughter BreAnna. He gave her the wisdom to get out. Thanks to all the firefighters from five different stations. to Jackie James for taking BreAnna under her wing and protecting her from the cold and then taking her shopping. Thanks to Randy and Anita Reavis for keeping me warm and crying with me, to Cindy Webb for offering her home for warmth and hot coffee, to Alicia Smith for coming and staying with us and to Tamie Kennedy for being there day-in and day-out.
Thanks to Woodleaf Baptist Church and preacher Chris Williams. Chris always seems to have comforting words when you need them most. Thanks to Mona Brown for sharing her mother’s things and giving Petey a dog house. Thanks to the churches in the Woodleaf community —Unity, Woodleaf Methodist, Mt Vernon and Lebanon — for their love offering. Thanks to my co-workers for coming by, to the Red Cross, to Jay Moore for finding “Mr. Rabbit,” to Fire Marshall Deborah Horne for being there and praying with us and to employees of Freightliner.
Again, I thank God for my family. They will never know how much I love them.
With a heart that is overflowing, I want everyone to know how thankful I am.
— Frankie Taylor
Woodleaf
Editor’s note: As reported in the Post on Nov. 28, Taylor’s home was destroyed by fire last month. The outpouring of donations included shoes to replace those Breanna Taylor was collecting to give to Rowan Helping Ministries.

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