Monday, March 4, 2024

Neighborhood rallies to help Toledo Olympian after devastating hearth


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – It was a roller coaster ride of a few days for Toledo-born O’Shae Jones. A devastating house fire left almost nothing for the 23-year-old Jones, but a few days later the competitive athlete received the news that she had formed the US Olympic boxing team and would be leaving for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Toledo community has now teamed up to support their comeback after the tragic event. It had only been a few weeks since Jones and her boyfriend woke up around 11 p.m. with neighbors knocking on their front door. A fire started in the attic and they struggled to get out alive.

Jones said she lost nearly 60% of her home and almost all of her boxing and sports equipment between the fire and water damage, totaling more than $ 10,000 in equipment alone. Jones set up a GoFundMe donation page and thought nothing of it. She had raised thousands of dollars in five hours.

“It’s just devastating for me to work so hard for myself and never get any flyers or anything, but I feel like it all happens for a reason,” said Jones. “The support from the community was very shocking for me because when I post my stuff on Facebook, I don’t get a lot of shares, I don’t get a lot of likes, I don’t think a lot of people even notice me. I know I inspire a lot of people, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big. “

Jones spends 8 hours a day, 6 days a week in the boxing ring and has been training with her brothers and father for more than ten years. These will be her first Olympics, and she says this will be an Olympics of this tragic year for the world that we will never forget.

“I think these next Olympics will be a different Olympics,” said Jones. “I think it will mean so much more to all boxers and their families because they know we were quarantined, they worked in masks, they can’t breathe, and they almost pass out. But we did it and are finally here. I think these Olympics will mean the most. “

For more information on house fire and if you’d like to support Jones, please contact them Fundraising Page.

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