Pregnant homeless Lismore couple moving to Grafton
CHRISTMAS came early for a pregnant couple who were left homeless when a supercell storm destroyed their tent when a man offered for them to stay at his farm near Grafton.
Nathan Johnson and his 16 week pregnant fiancee Corey-Lee were staying at Lismore Showground when the storm that damaged part of Lismore Base Hospital's maternity ward roof smashed their tent and soaked their belongings.
Despite their best efforts, Mr Johnson said they remained homeless except for a couple of nights in a motel paid for by Links2Home, until he saw a advertisement on Gumtree last night.
"I gave him a ring and I told him about my situation and he said he was happy to help," he said.
"When do you want to move in, he said.
"He's got 40 acres with two sets of accommodation his property three kilometres away from each other.
"We're renting a two bedroom cabin that has just been renovated, its furnished with a fully fenced yard.
"So finally we can take our dog with us because he has been staying with friends.
Excited by the prospects of being in their own home for Christmas, the next challenge for Mr Johnson was getting transport to Grafton with their belongings and their rottweiler, Buddy.
So he took to social media to try and get a lift.
"A person on Facebook got in contact with me and they said if we gave them $50 for petrol they were more than happy to give us a lift there," Mr Johnson said.
"I went around to all of the organisations in Lismore this morning to see if they could help and Connecting Home gave us a $25 Coles voucher we can use for petrol.
"The person said if we are happy and ready to go by five-o'clock today they would be happy to take us then."
Mr Johnson said they would be getting dropped at the South Grafton bus exchange where the property owner will pick them up.
"It's incredible this man wants to help us," he said.
"Look how many days away it is until Christmas and we had nothing, not even a roof over our head, so this is a great Christmas present.
"Having this accommodation I want to jump for joy.
"But I'll wait until I see the place for myself.
"It will be great to start a new life with my family and to grow our family.