On Saturday morning Lesley McMillan woke to the devastating news that her flower shop, Lesleys Flowers & Gifts was on fire.
Rushing to the scene at 1302 Simmons, she was met with billowing smoke, fire trucks and sheriffs deputies.
The electrical fire had smouldered for hours. What wasnt melted was ruined from smoke and water damage.
Fortunately, Lesley rents a refrigerated truck for the Valentines Day rush. So between that and the flowers preserved in the inside coolers most of the flowers and pre-made arrangements were saved.
Tommy Tymrak and the Tymrak family of Jourdanton immediately offered McMillan the use of one of their buildings. The florist has temporarily set up shop at the old Joes Place burger joint just down the street.
My first concern, our priority, was to make sure the people who had paid got their orders, said McMillan.
That day Lesley had a wedding and a funeral to make arrangements for.
Lesleys amazing group of employees, supporters and family members stepped in to help get those orders replaced and out the door.
Her next concern was prom orders. Jourdantons prom is this weekend, Saturday, February 18 and most of the paperwork for the orders had been destroyed. High schoolers were invited to stop by and reorder their corsages and boutonnieres.
Lesley says shes so thankful to the community, her family and employees. She says, I have no words to express my gratitude to the Tymrak family and the amazing people of this community who have really stepped in to help us.
You can find her shop at 1210 Brown Ave in Jourdanton.