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Communities Come Together to Support the Smith Family(A Portrait of Real America)
You Tube ^ | 1/25/14 | TJ Satterfield

Posted on 01/25/2014 10:02:50 PM PST by WVNan

Edited on 01/25/2014 10:24:28 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

It has been years since I posted anything, but I want this local story to go viral. It's real America we don't hear about that much these days. I hope I'm doing this right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS52-Wx3kiM&feature=share


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: communities; smithfamily
Last Saturday morning just down the street from our home another home went down in flames. The family was still sleeping upstairs and the fire originated downstairs. The parents managed barely to escape, but three of their children were trapped and were afraid to jump and instead ran through the fire and were severely burned. It was horrific. The children were taken to the local hospital and were quickly air-lifted to larger hospitals. The 11 yr old boy died that evening and the 26 year old daughter passed away the next day. The other boy (I think about 14) remains in the hospital with severe burns and is clinging to life.

The two communities Point Pleasant, WV and Gallipolis, OH which lie across the Ohio River from one another immediately, upon hearing of the tragedy, jumped into action. I have never seen so many people trying to find some way to help. The Smith family is loved and respected in both communities because of their participation in local sports and music. They have literally lost everything,but the outpouring of love and support from these communities has been a valuable lesson to all of us. Watch the You Tube video and I hope you will help me make it go viral. Americans need to see the real America.

1 posted on 01/25/2014 10:02:50 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Okay, so I didn’t manage to activate the link. Somebody?


2 posted on 01/25/2014 10:03:33 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
What I want to highlight in the video is Noah Smith's speech about 10 minutes in. He is the brother of the man who has lost his children. When this was filmed the total money collected was phenomenal. But also someone donated a newly renovated house and the community has furnished it. Someone gave 7cu ft freezer completely filled with food.

This not all these communities have done. They did this same thing for another family in Gallipolis who also lost their home to fire the next night. Do I live in a great place or what?

3 posted on 01/25/2014 10:11:20 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Good comes out of tragedy. We pray that these people find solace in their many friends.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 10:34:54 PM PST by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: IncPen

I just wish that every American of both races could hear Noah’s speech. It was so moving. His and Billy’s father is a preacher, and Billy preaches some also. Lovely family and good neighbors.


5 posted on 01/25/2014 11:07:53 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for cleaning up my mess Jim. I don’t post enough to keep up with the system. Love you.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 11:09:28 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Windflier

Ping


7 posted on 01/25/2014 11:13:38 PM PST by WVNan
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To: JustAmy; Kitty Mittens; The Mayor; Kathy in Alaska

Ping


8 posted on 01/25/2014 11:18:31 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
...the total money collected was phenomenal. But also someone donated a newly renovated house and the community has furnished it. Someone gave 7cu ft freezer completely filled with food.

This not all these communities have done. They did this same thing for another family in Gallipolis who also lost their home to fire the next night. Do I live in a great place or what?

God bless these TRUE Americans. You're so blessed to live in a place where the real spirit of our people still lives strong.

I'm sitting here listening to the Top 40 Country hits right now, and it's a poignant soundtrack to your post.

Lord, I miss the country!

9 posted on 01/25/2014 11:23:32 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: WVNan; AZamericonnie; ConorMacNessa; left that other site; TASMANIANRED; SandRat; MS.BEHAVIN; ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3115828/posts

A sad story with some good news....

Communities Come Together to Support the Smith Family (A Portrait of Real America)


10 posted on 01/26/2014 12:06:36 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: WVNan; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

PIng.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3115828/posts


11 posted on 01/26/2014 12:09:59 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: WVNan
...lost his children.

Horrors. As a father of six (living), I can hardly imagine such a thing.

12 posted on 01/26/2014 12:54:39 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


13 posted on 01/26/2014 1:08:36 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: WVNan; Kathy in Alaska

Thank you very much for this thread. Its a great reminder to us all of the important things in life.


14 posted on 01/26/2014 1:25:59 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: WVNan

This is the America Obama and Schumer don’t know. They think that the only help in a crisis is to wait for government bureaucrats to shuffle several dozen government forms through the long pipeline and see if there is anything some agency can do.

That has never been the American way. Family, neighbors and church members have always been the mainstays of our way of life.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 2:29:59 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: WVNan

WVNan, I live in Gallipolis. To let everyone know these two communities are not well off. There is a lot of poverty in this area. However, it is an outstanding place to raise a family. People are friendly and will give you the shirt off their back.

Gallipolis raise over $10,000 for two members of our Church. One had donated half of his liver to the other. This went a long way in covering all the medical bills.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 2:33:06 AM PST by Angry_White_Man_Syndrome
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To: WVNan; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping - Gallipolis, OH

The Smith family is loved and respected in both communities because of their participation in local sports and music. They have literally lost everything,but the outpouring of love and support from these communities has been a valuable lesson to all of us.

The two communities Point Pleasant, WV and Gallipolis, OH which lie across the Ohio River from one another immediately, upon hearing of the tragedy, jumped into action.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 3:36:19 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Kathy in Alaska; WVNan

Thanks for the ping! REAL Americans always help each other without the help of government! THAT is the way it should always be!


18 posted on 01/26/2014 5:17:58 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!)
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To: WVNan; Kathy in Alaska; Ohioan from Florida

This is such a moving video. I’ve only seen about the first half, but I’m looking forward to seeing the rest when my chores are done.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 5:46:45 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Windflier
Hi Cowboy. Sorry I'm long getting back to my own thread. It's Sunday, my busy day.

Yes, I know what you mean about the country. After spending so many years in different cities, Miami, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, Richmond, Montgomery, Jackson, etc., I was overjoyed to move to this community 20 years ago. Belonging to a rural community is the best possible way of living in America.

Noah Smith made a great speech didn't he. I was so moved by his message to the young people. And then he hugged every one of them on both teams. I have had so many people call and say, "What can I do to help the family?" In the midst of all the tragedy and snow storms, we are hanging together. God bless these communities.

20 posted on 01/26/2014 10:30:34 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Kathy, thank you for sending this along. It was so late when it came to my FB I couldn’t stay awake to answer comments on my own thread. I hope that the video will be seen by a lot of people because Noah Smith’s speech to the young people is a winner. Sort of wish that portion of the video could be pulled out for it’s own You Tube video.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 10:33:20 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thank you JJ for passing this on to others.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 10:34:14 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Windflier
I think all of us who have children felt that horror. The community had already jump-started coming together before we got word that the 11 yr old had passed, and then the news was completely heart rending when the daughter died. The 14 yr old is in hospital at Cincinnati, which is a 3 hr. drive from here. That is why Noah is in charge of receiving all the help offered by the communities. I think he has been pretty overwhelmed.

In our case the Lord has offered us the best way to help. You know we have moved out of our big house. We had left most of the furniture there just waiting for the auctioneer to pick it up when the weather broke. The Lord works in mysterious ways. My friend (whose wedding I officiated) is a real estate agent. Ha. She had bought a house and renovated it and was trying to decide what to do with it. Now it is being decorated with donated furniture and all the kitchen, etc "stuff", waiting for the family to move in. It's a beautiful house. She beat me to the offer of a house. Our house needs some work.

23 posted on 01/26/2014 10:45:29 AM PST by WVNan
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To: RedMDer

That’s why I wanted to post it Red. Hope is does act as a reminder of life in “flyover” country.


24 posted on 01/26/2014 10:46:51 AM PST by WVNan
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To: txrefugee
Family, neighbors and church members have always been the mainstays of our way of life.

yes they have tx.

25 posted on 01/26/2014 10:48:14 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Angry_White_Man_Syndrome

Hey! I didn’t know there was another Freeper that close. We may even know each other. Your name isn’t Chris is it? I only ask because Chris is one angry white man. :o)


26 posted on 01/26/2014 10:50:21 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Whenifhow

Thanks for the ping When.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 10:51:22 AM PST by WVNan
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To: LUV W

Yes, it should be that way LUV.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 10:51:57 AM PST by WVNan
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To: BykrBayb

If you saw Noah’s speech BB, then you saw the important part.


29 posted on 01/26/2014 10:52:39 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
(((((Thank you for the Ping and the Link, Dearest Nan)))))
I'm Beginning the Video Now.

Sending Prayers for this Dear Family, with All my Heart.

30 posted on 01/26/2014 11:12:41 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Kitty Mittens

Hi Kitty,
If you don’t have time to watch all of it, just watch through Noah’s speech. That’s the beautiful part of the video. He nailed it. Wish more people could heed his call. Wish I had time to visit with all the folks at Amy’s Place. My life is just so overwhelmed right now. We moved from our beg ten room house into a small apt. We did it because trying to keep that big old house and yard just got to be too much for me physically. It was time to downsize. I guess turning 80 made me realize that I needed to get things “in order”.

It’s not yet in order. There is still tons of “stuff” in the house. It hasn’t sold because people don’t even look at house in the winter. Come spring all that stuff has to go one way or the other. I am donating a lot of it to the Smith family, but the weather has kept us from moving it. Crazy weather here. Snow and cold. Not good for us to venture out.

On top of all that, I am still keeping granddaughter, Avery. She will turn 3 in March. My “sitting” (ha) should be mostly over when school is out (Her Mom is a teacher). Then she will go to pre-school in the fall. I will miss the little tornado, but I will be relieved. I keep repeating, “I’m too old to be a grandma”, especially for a hyper toddler. Whew....
Love & Hugs dear one.
Nan


31 posted on 01/27/2014 7:22:00 AM PST by WVNan
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Thank you, Sweet Nan! I Pray Many People Take Noah's Speech to Heart; he is 100% Right.

Things are Well Here, with the Exception of my Back Problems. My Husband and our Families are All Well, for which I'm So Thankful. My Husband's Work Place is Slowly Shutting Down, so he is Going to be Retired Soon, but it is Time. As we Shift into this New Phase of our Lives, our Lord be with us Each Step of the Way.

Your Granddaughter Avery Sounds So Sweet! God Bless her and Keep her, through His Most Wonderful Love.

(((((Many Hugs, my Dear Sister in Christ)))))

32 posted on 01/30/2014 2:19:04 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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