UAFS Student Asks Campus to Help Those in Need

Imagine for a minute the thought of losing everything you own in an instant. From all of your clothes to your most precious treasures, gone before your very eyes.

This was the harsh reality for Waldron native Tamera Amonds who, on January 3, 2014, lost everything when her house caught fire, and it was considered a total loss. Fortunately neither her nor her two children were at the home at the time when the fire occurred, but by the time a neighbor had spotted flaming house and had notified authorities, it was too late.

But thankfully, in a world where circumstance may not always bring us good fortune, we can rejoice in having true friendship.

UAFS junior, Jasmine Wright, knows Amond as co-worker, but more importantly and significantly, she knows her as a dear friend. And because of this friendship, whenever she heard of the devastating news that her friend had lost everything, she sprang into action.

“No one deserves to lose everything, to feel helpless when everything you have always known in life is being taken away from you. Tamera is a hard working mother. But even the strongest people need help,” said Wright.

Jasmine, who is involved in UAFS Student Ambassadors, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and Cub Camp is organizing a campaign and call for help to reach out to this family in need.

“At this point ANY donation is important. They are in need of even the minor things that can be overlooked: toothbrush, soap, clothes, food, water, household chemicals, toilet paper, trash bags etc. any and all items are greatly appreciated.”

Wright says that Amonds is more concerned about her two children than herself, and would like to encourage anyone donating, to think about their needs before her own.

“Her daughter Mariah is middle school age and has lost all her school supplies and school clothes; items such as notebooks, pens, pencils, shoes, socks and a jacket are needed. The baby, Elijah will need diapers, wipes, bottles and formula. If you would like to pick up items for the children their sizes are as follow: Mariah wears a size 14/16 in girl or a size small in womens, shoes is a womens size 7. Elijah wears a size 12-18 months, size 3 shoes in infants.”

One has to also ask the question of why would a university student who has so many time constraints already put so much effort into making sure that this family makes it through this difficult time.

“As a university, community, state and a neighbor we should never be afraid to help others because you never know when you in turn may need a shoulder to lean on. As John Holmes said, "There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

All donations in the Fort Smith area can be dropped off with Jasmine Wright. Donations can be delivered to the UAFS Admissions office to Ana Gentry, Walmart #125 Customer Service Desk (Zero St) or you can directly contact Jasmine Wright via call/text at 4796376314 or via email at The family is looking for a temporary home and is currently staying in a motel. A friend of the family has purchased a storage unit, so that they may store the donated items.

Corey Woodard
Photo Credits: 
Jasmine Wright
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014