Bay County Community Helping Panama City Native After Apartment Fire

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

PANAMA CITY - A Panama City native is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed her apartment in Georgia. Bay County's Rainbow PUSH coalition is stepping in to help.

30 year old Ty'isha Anthony and her children are happy to be back.

"This is home so it's always great to be home or come back home to see friends and family. So it's just an amazing feeling," said Anthony.

About a month ago, Anthony's world turned upside down when her apartment and several others in a Fairburn, Georgia community caught fire. Anthony and her one year old son Sage were trapped upstairs.

"I just flagged and like help. You know help just waving at passerbyers. I was blessed with a guardian angel who stopped and saved us. We're very fortunate for that," said Anthony.

Josue Reyes used a ladder in the back of his truck to rescue Anthony and her son. The fire destroyed nearly every memory Anthony brought with her since she moved in 2009.

"TVs, furniture, clothing, and toys, can always be replaced, but our lives can't," said Anthony.

The Bay County chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is helping Anthony get back on her feet through donations of clothes, food, and money.

"Being a single mother, raising kids, maintaining a 3.65 GPA, is one thing but to add on rebuilding from a fire where she lost everything is an additional burden," said Gregory Dossie of the Bay County Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

"I'm just thankful that I'm okay. My kids are okay and, you know, we're here today," said Anthony.

If you want to help Ty'isha and her family, you can visit any Wells Fargo location and donate to the Anthony Family Fire Fund.


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