WASHINGTON TERRACE -- A Washington Terrace couple is astounded by the waves of community support they've received since losing their home to a fire earlier this month.
Bobbie Mathews and Ashley Croker were away running errands Dec. 3 when they got a call from the Weber County Sheriff's Office informing them their house was on fire.
The home, at 148 W. 4775 South, was destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Mathews said.
"(Officials) are suspecting it may have been electrical, but they still aren't certain," Mathews said. "It was quite a shock."
The couple and their two young children walked away from the home with pretty much nothing but the clothes they were wearing that day, said friend Micki Whitesides.
"They lost everything," Whitesides said. "It's amazing the things you just take for granted until you don't have them, like razors or a hairbrush. They didn't have anything left."
Whitesides, along with several other folks in the community, quickly put the word out on social media as well as the Feminist Mormon Housewives website. That's when the donations started flooding in.
"People started bringing blankets, diapers, bottles, a crib for the baby," Whitesides said. "It has just been an outpouring of love."
Barbara Walton and her four children also responded.
"We got an email about this little family and how they and their children lost everything," she said.
"Our hearts went out to them. My children and I have everything we need or want, so we decided to spend a little less on our family Christmas this year so we could help them out as much as possible."
Mathews said Danielle Lawrence also got the ball rolling.
"The day after the fire, she just started bringing over donations," Mathews said.
"One of the firefighters' wives also brought over some clothes for the kids. It has been absolutely amazing."
The couple is living with a family member while trying to get back on their feet, Mathews said, and they would still appreciate any help.
"They still need quite a bit," Whitesides said. "Bobbie is an incredible cook, and I know she lost all of her spices and cookware. She also makes a lot of crafts and sells them as part of her business, so she could use any craft items. And of course, there are those items you don't even realize you've lost, like personal hygiene things."
A link to a wish list can be found at www.feministmormonhousewives.org.
"We are very grateful for everything," Mathews said. "Just as simple as people saying, 'We're so sorry,' or offering dinner to us has been so appreciated."