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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- One First Coast family is getting a new home because their community decided to step in.

Amber Gordon, 11, is thankful that strangers are willing to step in and help renovate her trailer home.

"I never knew how it would be in that trailer ... if there was a storm and it would collapse in," said Amber. "It means a lot that people care enough ... to help a stranger."

Her father Bill said the house is a money pit and not safe for his family. Bill is a veteran, a father and a husband and he's struggling to make ends meet. Bill is also sick. He said he has come close to death several times.

"On my wife's birthday about eight years ago, I went into cardiac arrest and pretty much died on her."

Bill is slowly healing, but not without financial struggles. The family qualifies as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, which covers any person living in a shelter, motel, campground, or sub-standard house.

"I keep having to tell my daughter no ... and that's something I don't like to do," said Bill.

However, now with the help of his community and the Christ Walk church, the Gordon family is getting a renovation in the form of new floors, kitchen, roof and pest control.

"There is a lot of love in this trailer ... and we were facing to lose it," said Amber. "But, now we get to keep it."

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