Nicola Taylor just couldn’t believe her luck when a group of Florida firefighters surprised the expectant mother with a baby shower this past week. The Broward County Florida native had a hard time holding back her tears when she saw the plethora of gifts, baby clothes and other much needed household items awaiting her. “I didn’t expect it,” Taylor told InsideEdition.com. “It took me by surprise.”
The group of everyday heroes were moved to raise money for Taylor and throw her a baby shower after they responded to a fire at her residence and noticed baby items among the debris. Just days before a devastating fire ripped through the apartment Taylor shared with her father, cousin and her cousins child, Taylor’s coworkers had thrown her a baby shower.
Although Taylor and her family made it out safely, everything in their home was destroyed. “I was blindsided,” she recalled. “Getting out was my main goal at the time. The smoke was heavy and black. I couldn’t see what was going on.” Thankfully Taylor’s unborn baby didn’t suffer any repercussions from the fire and Taylor was taken immediately to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. To add to the story, firefighters found out that Taylor had lost a previous baby prior to delivery.
The firefighters began collecting money for Taylor and her family and soon after started a GoFundMe campaign. It didn’t take long before they had collected over $5000 in cash and several thousand more in baby items and even new beds for the entire family. With the funds raised, the Firehouse even found a new apartment for the low income family and put down a three month deposit as well as the first month of rent. “A lot of young guys we have in our department are new dads themselves, so it touched their hearts,” Fire captain Jerry Gonzalez explained. “They wanted to do something.”
The heartwarming actions of the Firehouse and the surrounding community did not go unnoticed, “We really appreciate it,” Taylor said, adding that their new home “is nicer than the last one we had.”