A fire gutted a Midtown apartment after 5 a.m. Thursday, leaving a pregnant Lorin Vincent along with her son and fiancé without a home and necessities just two days after Christmas.
"I'm just glad my son wasn't there because the fireman said it started right by his room and he wouldn't have made it," says Vincent.
Minutes after the fire was put out, a Facebook page by friends flared up with support from hundreds of people, including those not living in the Mid-South.
"It just kind of blew up from there, people that I don't know and Lorin don't know have been sent the page and have started trying to help out," says Michael Knight, who helped start the Facebook page, "You see and hear bad things constantly and you kind of forget that there's still good people out there and I got the reminder today that there's still good people out in the world."
Vincent is asking anyone who knows of a rental place to send the information through the Facebook page. Vincent says a home is what they all need most at this time. For those who want to donate items, she is asking people to send gift cards or cash, which she plans to share with the other people who lived in her apartment building.
Donations are already pouring in overwhelming fashion at Paggio's Salon on Poplar Avenue, from money to baby items for Vincent's baby boy who is due in two weeks.
"The response has been amazing. We've had people all the way from Canada wanting to help her. We've had people already dropping off gift cards up here, clothing, diapers because she's due any minute now," says Courtney Lovins, owner of Paggio's which is the designated drop-off location for donations.