Yesterday I learned via Facebook that my college roommate’s (MCR) home was damaged by fire. She and her husband and their two kids (ages 15 and 11) were at home and asleep. MCR and her hubby were awakened by smoke at 2:30 in the morning and were able to get themselves and their children and pets out of the home safely. I’m so grateful they are safe. This is what their home looks like now.
I’m not going to use their real names in this post, but I will tell you a little bit about them. MCR is one of 10 or 12 (I forget) kids born to a Catholic family in rural Kentucky. We met at Berea College many years ago and, if you’ve had a college roommate that you bonded with for life, I don’t have to explain the special role this person plays in my life. She’s a dedicated wife and mother who works part time to help support her family. She is one of the most giving and funniest people I know.
Her hubby is a vet who served a tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. He did 2 full terms in the Army and continues his service to this nation in the Army Reserves. He works constantly to support his family. He would give the shirt off his back to help another human being. He is an incredible person and also a graduate of Berea College. These two have raised two great kids. They are now facing Christmas without the benefit of a home and without presents, which were lost in the fire.
A family member of theirs has started a Go Fund Me account. I wanted to ask the folks here at Crawdad Hole, if you were planning on giving to charity this season, to please consider this family as an option. I know these folks, and they live humbly. They don’t have much in savings, as they pour everything they earn into their family and home. If you are able to give, please go to this page to do so. And please know that I, along with this family, am absolutely grateful for your donation. Let’s show them the spirit of Christmas, Crawdad Hole style!
Thank you. My apologies for the interruption. I now return you to regularly scheduled Open Thread.