“You go out to Ridge and Wilderness roads right now you’ll see people living on their home sites where there’s no longer a home. That’s how strong they are,” said Sheriff A.J. Smith. “They are not going to leave. You try to get them to go to a shelter and they won’t go."

EASTPOINT — In the week after the Lime Rock Road wildfire, which destroyed three dozen homes and left four times that many homeless, a swift and steady outpouring of help has flowed in.

Jodi Ivester and Bill Walker, from The Last Bar in Tallahassee, brought a truckload of donations, all from bar patrons. So did Carolyn Sellers and Joley Owens, from Liberty County, and so did scores more people with deliveries every day to the Eastpoint Fire House, where the Franklin County Emergency Management is staging its operations in the aftermath of the June 24 fire.

Sellers and Owens had gathered what they could, doing their best to select what they thought people would need, before heading over to Eastpoint.

Owens had a pretty good idea of what to bring. When she was 12 and living with her mom in Telogia, their home had burned to the ground, changing the circumstances of her life for years to come.

“I know how this feels like,” she said, “I know exactly how they feel.”

As the two women sorted their contributions into the correct stacks at the fire house, now over half filled with everything from diapers to toothbrushes to fidget spinners, Sellers had to ask, “Do you guys have an overabundance of stuff?”

That’s without her having seen the cafeteria at the former Carrabelle High School at the other end of the county, which also is almost filled, along with two other classrooms.

“Right now, we’re focusing on things you would need to establish your house, pots and pans and utilitarian furniture, table and chairs to eat at,” said Joe Taylor, director of the Franklin’s Promise Coalition, the long-term recovery organization designated by the county emergency management office.

He said once permanent housing is secured, people will need such large, durable goods as washers and dryers, microwaves and other appliances, as well as beds and mattresses.

“All that burned up,” he said. “We had one company out of Tallahassee donate all new linens and pillows for 40 households.”

Clothing is pretty well stocked now at the Eastpoint United Methodist Church, but there remains a need for some targeted items, as the full-scale clean-up begins Monday.

Leather work gloves, dust masks, first aid kits, men's work socks and work boots, and heavy duty garbage bags are all in demand.

“Washing powder has been a big thing,” Taylor said. “Everything smells like smoke.”

Over the weekend, the American Red Cross shut down its outreach at the Eastpoint Church of God, having sheltered about 50 evacuated people the night of the fires, when no one knew for sure whether their home had been spared.

After that, they gave out $95 vouchers for emergency needs, but had plenty of vacancies at the shelter, with displaced people mostly taken in by nearby relatives and friends.

“You go out to Ridge and Wilderness roads right now you’ll see people living on their home sites where there’s no longer a home. That’s how strong they are,” said Sheriff A.J. Smith. “They are not going to leave. You try to get them to go to a shelter and they won’t go.

“That’s the kind of fortitude and the kind of determination and the kind of 'get ‘er done' attitude they have,” he said.

The sheriff’s GoFundMe account, which is raising money entirely for future housing needs, had raised more than $95,000 as of Saturday night.

“Everybody’s doing everything they can,” Smith said. “We’re getting outreach from other counties, other states.”

Funds also have been flowing in directly to the county, with Billy Collins, community relations manager for Duke Energy, presenting a check for $25,000 from the company on Friday.

Duke crews had restored power to all the area properties by Monday evening, with the exception of those places where it would be pointless until the land is cleared of scorched debris beginning Monday morning.

The county plans to use its road crews to assist in debris removal and land clearing, but property owners must first file release-from-liability paperwork with the county, which normally doesn’t allow its crews to do work on private property.

For short-term housing, the First Baptist Church of St. George Island’s Christian Retreat Center has made seven of its cabins available for housing next week. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said it is coordinating with private sector partners including Airbnb to identify possible housing for affected families.

Chase Landry, star of the TV show "Swamp People" and close friends with the Ward family, which owns 13 Mile Seafood in Apalachicola, served up a crawfish boil Friday night at the First Baptist Church for the fire victims.

The Salvation Army brought in a a food trailer, and has been cooking hot meals that Jennifer Daniels, emergency management’s special needs coordinator, has been delivering three times daily to a loop she drives on Ridge and Wilderness roads, Buck Street and Bear Creek Road, where the fire raged from about 4 p.m. late into the night.

Along that route are portable toilets that Mize Plumbing Services in Port St. Joe brought in and installed, at no cost.

The Salvation Army brought in a truck for showers, but they weren’t used very much at all. People instead went to where they felt more at home, the First Baptist Church. That church, which long has handled the food pantry needs in Eastpoint on Saturdays, is now open every day.

“Some of the churches have done their own programs,” Taylor said.

One church that has reached out is Tallahassee’s Bethel Missionary Church, which is pastored by the Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr., who also owns WOCY radio in Eastpoint.

That church and radio station, in partnership with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Prime Meridian Bank in Tallahassee, on Thursday launched the Love 36 campaign, through which Holmes is appealing for other faith-based groups, businesses and individuals to adopt one of the 36 families who lost their homes for the next 36 months.

With the presentation of a check for $1,000, Bethel Missionary made tangible its commitment to follow the family of Joe and Becky Banks for the next 36 months, to see them through to a new place to live.

“We know that the government is going to do things,” Holmes said. “The faith community must do our part.”

The pastor said the church had learned that the Banks’ son Bill was instrumental in offering help the night of the fire.

“He rides a bicycle, but he was out working, while his own beloved family was losing their home,” said Holmes. “They all said this young man is a hero, and we said ‘This is a family we want to adopt.’

“This is my new family, and this Love 36 will walk them for 36 months,” he said. “We’re going to make sure they’ll be whole.”

Gov. Rick Scott, who has visited the fire victims, has not issued an emergency declaration, but has said he will consider that option in the future.

“In general, executive orders are issued by the governor in anticipation of an emergency or disaster where the recovery could exceed the state’s ability to respond, or where an extraordinary amount of coordination is needed between various government agencies,” his office wrote in a press release.

One solid chunk of financial help for those affected, most of whom lack homeowners or renters insurance, has come from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis has deployed insurance experts to assist with navigating the insurance claims-filing process, as well as adjusters to assist residents with filing a partial settlement claim for up to $5,000 per household for emergency living expenses, such as temporary housing, clothing, food or pet care.

Residents have been asked to bring proof of residency, which can be done by showing a utility bill sent in their name to the property. But Duke officials have been limited in establishing residency for others who may have been living in campers on a property, which zoning laws do not allow, or in a building that did not have electrical service billed to it.

As of Friday, Property Appraiser Rhonda Skipper has estimated real estate losses were about $800,000, with another $900,000 in losses of personal property, such as cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles.

The promise of future funds is also being offered in the form of a sales pitch from a bevy of law firms that were down in the county as early as Thursday morning to see who they could attract as clients.

Some people, like Glenn Woodall, signed right up, while others, like neighbor Bill Hatteway, held their horses.

"We ain't signing nothin' till we're good and ready," said Jimmy Boone Sr., as he stood next to the ruins of his home and vehicles, all destroyed in the blaze.