A Prince Edward Island woman's prospects are looking up after it was expected she would be facing a long, cold winter inside a camper.
Vanda Milligan's Elmwood farm house burned down in September and she lost everything inside, forcing her to move into a friend's camper on the property in order to take care of her animals.
"It was not a promising prospect at that point in time because we really didn't know what we were going to do," she said.
The camper is a simple summer trailer with no plumbing and no running water. Milligan's daughter Nancy said she was worried about the thought of her mom spending the winter in the camper.
"It's better than nothing but...it's heart-breaking because I can't do anything to help her really," she said.
'A big step forward'
But recently, Milligan was able to purchase a used mini-home that's been delivered to the property and said she couldn't be more excited.
"May have to carry water for awhile but if we get heat and electricity, we're moving in," she said. "This is a big step forward."
The home doesn't have any running water, electricity or furniture in it yet but Milligan says the worst is over.
"There's some steps to do yet but we're gonna get there."
More work to be done
Getting to this point hasn't been easy, Milligan said. Her insurance policies were just enough to pay the outstanding mortgage on the home, and leave her with some left over to help pay for the cost of the new mini-home.
However, there's more work to be done.
"Right now, there's nothing inside it beyond a stove and refrigerator," she said. Plumbing, heating, electricity and a septic system still need to be installed. Milligan estimates that it will cost another $20,000.
"I have a mini-home and no money to furnish it," she said.
But there have been offers of help.
Milligan said she's been overwhelmed by support from the community and has been offered personal loans from friends and family to help her get back on her feet.
"It's just been amazing. The friends, family, community have just been marvellous," she said.
Once she moves into the home, Milligan said she's looking forward to celebrating by cooking a roast beef dinner.
"Just in time for Christmas."
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