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Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Another bag full of donated clothing is about to be added to the growing pile in Amanda Fountain's home.
"I've yet to be able to clean my house by myself with all this," she said, looking around a family room stacked high with donations.
It's been coming in like this since she started a Facebook page three months ago called "Blessing One Another." And that's exactly what it does.
"Any wants or needs that you may have, you can post them on our wall," Fountain said.
"Well, right now we have a lot of furniture needs. We have a lot of bed requests. Kids' clothes are always in need," she said.
Life has not been easy for Fountain. She lost her mother last September and that's when we first met her.
She read to us from her mother's journal: "I was so glad I was still alive, I remember being weak, tired and in pain."
Fountain's mother overcame the same flesh-eating bacteria that nearly cost graduate student Aimee Copeland her life.
"When I woke up, I was terrified nobody in the family was there at the time," she continued reading.
Her mother's illness nearly left the family broke. Amy's three children range from 9 years to just 6 months old.
"You know, my kids before we started it would say, 'Mama, we don't have no clothes -- or it's the same clothes we've had for so long,'" Fountain said.
But instead of giving up, Fountain decided to reach out. She figured there might be other people in the same boat and some who just wanted to help.
"And I just believe that everything happened for a reason. And sometimes, unless you've been through it, you can't help anyone else through it," she said.
Now, her Facebook page has grown to 1,900 members -- reaching from Clinton, S.C., to Burke County, Ga. It's a place where people can post their needs or donate the things they're not using anymore.
"That's supplying one less thing they'll have to buy, which means I know that family can take that money and buy the medicines they need, put food on the table or whatever choice. It's one less thing they have to worry about," she said.
It's left this young mother of three with a better feeling about the future
and how her own need has turned into a blessing for so many others.
"There is no words that can describe the feeling when you're able to turn around and hand a family what they need," Fountain said.