MJ Big Brothers help couple after fire takes home

From Post staff reports

An account to help a West Wilson County couple who lost their home shortly after Christmas has been established by the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.

The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kennedy, lost almost everything they own except for a few items that were in a small 12-foot camper trailer that was in front of their home and where they are now living. The home that burned was at 7412 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet.

Owen Gleaves, a member of the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet, said donations to the account, called the Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet Benefit Account for Wayne Kennedy, may be made at any branch of Wilson Bank & Trust.

After going nearly a week without electricity in the camper trailer, power was finally restored by the electric company. The Kennedys were trying to keep warm with a little propane heater that burned bottled gas that only lasted three hours. The water meter had to be shut off due to a leak in the line apparently caused by fire trucks which was unavoidable.

Gleaves said Mrs. Kennedy is in bad health and Mr. Kennedy is unable to work due to his wife’s health as he must give her constant care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They only receive a small income and had no insurance to replace their losses, Gleaves said, adding the property owner is in the process of providing a mobile home for the couple to move into and work is currently in progress. 

“Several caring people in our community have worked daily since the fire to help this family as much as possible. The Help Center provided food that only had to be heated; others have provided just a few basis items to help them until they can move into their house trailer,” Gleaves said.

Gleaves noted that after receiving permission from the couple to open the account, Mr. Kennedy said, “‘I did not know that there was so much love and support in this community, please tell them for me.’”

When the lights did not come on after the power was restored. Gleaves said Mr. Kennedy told him he prayed by the light pole and said, “‘Lord I can’t take much more.’ He went back in the little camper and the lights had come on.”

The account under the umbrella of Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet was established to raise funds to help replace furniture and other household items that may not be donated.  If you have household items that you would be willing to donate or if you wish to make a contribution, it would be greatly appreciated, Gleaves said. For donated items, you may call him at 449-3385 or Jeff Page at 443-1625. Checks should be made out to “Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet Benefit Account for Wayne Kennedy” and mailed to any branch of Wilson Bank & Trust.