BONIFAY - Area residents recently gathered to show support for Holmes County resident Joy Fountain, who experienced a series of heartbreaking losses during the holidays. Fountain's home was deemed a total loss after a fire swept through the resident between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Two weeks later, Fountain's husband passed away.

A benefit was held earlier this month at Pittman Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) in Bonifay, where Fountain's friends and family raised funds to help offset her expenses through donations, an auction, and the selling of dinner plates.

Complete with music and fellowship, Pittman VFD Chief Alfred Sellers says the event was a successful expression of love and community.

"I want to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported Joy at the benefit," said Chief Sellers. "It is very appreciated from the friends and family of Joy Fountain."