Just in time for Christmas: community joins to gift resident with new refrigerator

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Santa came just in time to a residence on Carolina Street where a woman, her son and grandson have been living under challenging conditions for months.

Jamie Williams’ refrigerator was the main casualty in a shots-fired incident that occurred in late October. 

“I noticed the refrigerator stopped working right after the shooting,” Williams said. “The freezer  – the top part – was like the North Pole. The bottom was like the desert.”

She said buying food was the biggest challenge.

“It would spoil in two to three days,” she added.

A car at the residence was shot four times in the same incident.

“My grandson and I had just left the house when it happened,” Williams said. “My son was here. He heard it but didn’t realize it was our house until he smelled gun powder. He called me to come right back.”

Williams said she could see the holes in the refrigerator, and when she opened the door, “My tea pitcher was busted.”

Williams found a modest refrigerator at a local furniture store, and the community came together to make it happen by Christmas Eve. Contributors include District D councilman Michael Roy, District E councilwoman Pam Bloxom, Mayor Terry Gardner, Attorney Eric Johnson, Minden Police Association and Webster Parish Journal.

Delivery was made on Christmas Eve, along with some groceries and donations to fill the new appliance.

“I’m so appreciative,” Williams said. “I feel real good about this. It will be a better Christmas now.”

The shooting that led to the eventual demise of Williams’ refrigerator is still under investigation.

From left, Minden Police Officer Jason Smith, Sgt. Mitch Hackett, Officer Kayla Little, Jamie Williams, Councilpersons Michael Roy and Pam Bloxom and Mayor Terry Gardner. Other contributors include Attorney Eric Johnson and Webster Parish Journal.

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