COMMUNITY RALLIES TO REPLACE FAMILY’S TRAILER

Sammy and Nina Dixon are discovering the true meaning of the word community.

They lost their home three weeks ago in a violent storm that tore through Lugoff and Elgin.

Nina Dixon was at home with her 6-year-old granddaughter, Ariel, when the storm blew apart her mobile home. Sammy Dixon said his wife lay on top of their granddaughter to protect her as the storm destroyed the single- wide trailer they had lived in for 10 years.

“When I came home, it was a shock,” Sammy Dixon said. “Everything was turned over.”

Two weeks later, Becky Sellers of Columbia saw an article in The State detailing the situation facing the Dixons. She called her husband, Bobby Sellers, the regional manager for Fleetwood Homes.

She faxed him a copy of the article and suggested his company could help the family. Bobby Sellers then took action.

He called Thomas Young, the sales manager for America’s Best Homes in Lugoff, and passed on his wife’s suggestion.

“I told him (Young) it looks like an opportunity to help someone in the community,” Bobby Sellers said. “We volunteered the home and got others to volunteer to help put the home together.”

What Sellers didn’t know was that Young had already spoken to Sammy Dixon’s sister, Joy. They had discussed a reduced price for a used trailer for her brother.

So Young met with Joy a second time and told her that her brother was going to be the recipient of a free double-wide mobile home.

Young canceled all shipments at the Fleetwood Homes Center for three days so he could devote his time to the project.

“We want to make sure the home is set up properly and that they can occupy it safely,” Young said.

He hopes the Dixon home is ready for safe occupancy by Saturday.

Friends and family organized several dinners to raise money for the Dixons.

“I feel so blessed,” Sammy Dixon said. “I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve been doing.”

Dixon also said his granddaughter is thrilled to have twice the amount of space in the house.

“She’s really excited to have more running room,” he said.

Since the mobile home isn’t new, it does need a few repairs. A local hardware donated supplies to fix the floor.

“The structural condition is good, but we need to rework some metal and fix the floors,” Young said. “This is going to turn into a love project.”

Young said several area businesses that work with America’s Best Homes are collaborating to prepare the home.

He said there are a few items and services still needed; he is looking for businesses willing to help.

The last barbecue benefit dinner for the Dixons will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blaney Elementary.

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