• Nonprofit helps out Jacksonville families affected by Hurricane Matthew

    By: Lorena Inclan , Action News Jax

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    Teresa Ortagus, her son Anthony and daughter Cheyanne got a special delivery Tuesday.

    After losing their home and most of their possessions during Hurricane Matthew, an Ashley HomeStore truck brought them brand-new beds and covers.

    “Just so my kids have a place to sleep. It's very overwhelming because we lost everything,” Ortagus said.

    It was all organized by 88 Blessings, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping families especially single moms like Ortagus.

    The organization's founder and CEO, Erica Wilson, said she was once in their shoes.

    “I ended up sleeping in my car. She has a roof over her head so I told her just be grateful for that,” Wilson said.

    Wilson also brought some star power along to help deliver the beds, her son Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns.

    “Seeing people lose their homes and everything is all beat up, it's an unfortunate situation. Being able to help out, it means a lot to me,” Hurns said.

    Ortagus said she was only able to salvage some of their clothes from their home. They’re now living at her mom’s house until they can get back up on their feet.

    Ortagus said she was overwhelmed with the generosity she’s received.

    “It means everything,” Ortagus said.

    88 Blessings, Hurns and Ashley HomeStore also delivered beds to two more St. Augustine families affected by the hurricane.
     

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