My dear friend, Kate Berreth's, parents (Al & Karin Livermore) lost their home (her childhood home) this past weekend in a house fire. Literally, everything is gone. The insurance they had on their home will barely be enough to rebuild the home.
I know that many of you do not know these friends of ours, but, I'm asking that you help, if you can, in one or more small ways:
---Prayers. A prayer is an easy, simple, but overwhelming powerful way to reach out to someone in need, because God's right there with you as your'e doing it. It takes only a few seconds if you're in a hurry. Please, please, please pray for the family as they struggle through this difficult time.
---If you're in or near the Canby, MN area, there is a benefit and silent auction being held THIS WEEKEND. It's Saturday, February 18, from 12pm - 4pm at the Canby High School Cafeteria. There will be a whopper feed, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale. (http://www.facebook.com/events/218769641552850/)
---If you are in the area or able to mail a donation (I believe I can get you the address) to the Silent Auction, donations can be dropped off at the Canby Cenex with Jacquelyn Kollar.
---Monetary donations are being accepted. Whether it's a simple $1 donation, or more, it can be mailed to one of the following locations:
Canby Credit Union
1003 Saint Olaf Avenue, PO Box 38
Canby, MN 56220
DNB National Bank
First Avenue, PO Box 10
Gary, SD 57237
---If you are not in the area, nor feel comfortable mailing in a donation, it can be sent, simply, via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, even a simple $1 donation helps! Because I am unable to attend the benefit, though I wish that I could, this is the option I chose to help support the family.
---Or... if you like to shop, here's a fun option that a friend of theirs set up. All of her commission will be donated to Al & Karin. It's a Thirty-One "party." (http://www.facebook.com/events/360492263969976/)
Kate, as I said, is a dear friend to me. She's been such a support in many of my struggles, all the way back to when I met her, as her college freshmen RA at SMSU. She's got one of the biggest hearts I know. Her husband and parents are the same way. They've all been through quite a bit these last few months, and this complete, total loss of a family home... I can't even imagine.
I cannot imagine owning a home, and coming back to find yourself not only homeless, but without ANYTHING you cherished or owned. I can't imagine seeing all of your memories burned to the ground. Nothing left. I can't imagine not getting to say goodbye to all of it. It's one thing to make a choice to leave a home and memories behind. It's a completely different catastrophe to have everything lost in minutes, and not being able to stop it from happening. I know I would be completely devastated.
So, dear friends of mine, if you can find it in you, or find a way, please, please, help in some way.
Thank you, and God Bless.
Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Christ Has No Body