Eric Swenson and Natasha Jones. (Dec. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Natasha with her dog Galliana. (Dec. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The year 2013 has not been an easy one for Natasha Jones.
The 31-year-old Greenville woman said she is trying to keep her spirits up after a devastating fire back in August, which burned her apartment and most of her possessions, including her car.
Then, just before Thanksgiving, a storm caused her to veer off the road as she was heading home to West Virginia for Thanksgiving. Her truck flipped and was destroyed. She walked away.
"Somebody's definitely watching over me," she said.
Shortly after the fire, she met Eric Swenson and his wife, who were touched by her story. They are trying to get the community to help Natasha get back on her feet.
"A lot of the organizations you would think would have helped her didn't," said Swenson.
Jones works helping autistic children and also at a water birth clinic. Helping people, she says, is her passion. She hopes this year's trials will allow her to build others up as they struggle.
"It's also helping me humble myself," she said. "I feel blessed."
"She's our goddaughter now," said Swenson. "For a young lady who's gone through the amount of tragedy she has gone through, I can tell you she is one of a kind."
Swenson is working with the Bank of Travelers Rest on building a fund for Jones. Anyone can donate. Jones said she is in need of clothing and shoes, as well as a new means of transportation. She currently has a rental car, but she loses the car shortly after Christmas.
If you would like to donate to the fund, visit or contact the Bank of Travelers Rest at 42 Plaza Drive in Travelers Rest, SC. You can call them at 864-834-9031.
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