WOLFVILLE – A community has come together to help two women who lost everything in a fire at their Wolfville home.
A GoFundMe campaign and concert have been organized to raise funds for Braylene Ibey and Jenna Hamper, both 21, after their Elm Street apartment above the Danji Restaurant caught fire June 13.
The concert is set for June 27 at the Al Whittle theatre, and the GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $5,500 for the two women, who say they’re feeling the love and are “beyond humbled” by the outpouring of support from their Wolfville community.
“Having people show they care like this –– it means so much. It makes it easy to see the good in people, even when something as bad as this has happened,” said Hamper.
The ‘Best Friends Benefit Concert’ show was planned as several people, including Whittle sound technician Jamie Loughead, each suggested hosting a night of music would be a great way to fundraise.
He said he felt zero surprise that he was not the only one to think of the idea.
“These two are just so incredibly full of positive energy and generosity, and we’re seeing that reflected back at them now,” he said.
The pair have also received grocery gift cards, clothing, gift baskets and more from friends and family – along with people they’ve never met – since losing nearly all their possessions to the fire.
Donation jars have also been placed at several Wolfville businesses, and other donations, like an anonymous package of gifts that appeared where Hamper is staying, continue pouring in.
Ibey and Hamper say they cannot find the words to properly express how much they appreciate these small acts of kindness as they continue processing the incident.
The pair were able to lay their pets to rest after their bodies were recovered from the building, and Hamper’s bank cards, license and passport have been retrieved – all a small relief after the massive ordeal.
“There’s just so much love being thrown at us right now. When we’re personally going through ups and downs, taking it day by day, that’s huge,” said Ibey.
“I’ve never ever seen this many people band up and care about two people before – it’s changed my life and made me want to be a better person, to say the least,” said Hamper.
Admission to the show will be by donation, and a separate GoFundMe page has also been set up for the owners of Danji here.