"WELCOME HOME" BRODY PARTY
The day is finally here and the party date is set. Come out and show Brody the love and support that helped to get him home . The party is scheduled for Friday November 16, from 5:30-8:30pm. The family has asked to make this great event a potluck style dinner according to last names. Please bring a dessert if your last name is A-F, salads G-L, appetizers M-Z. Extended family will supply main dishes: meatballs, Mac n cheese etc. They also need candy donations to be passed out during the carnival games in the gym. There will also be a photo booth to help us remember this joyous day.
Its a grand celebration with family and friends as we celebrate Brody being home.
Praise God. The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Last night the prosecutor called a hearing and asked everyone to report to court at 9 am this morning. At this time the prosecuting attorney told everyone that after having another expert review the findings from Birklee's autopsy that they do not believe that she died as a result of homicide and there is no need for Brody to be kept away from his parents. So at this time the state has decided to drop the case and petition and Brody can return home. So immediately after, a small group of us drove to Brody's school and had a plan to reunite him with Billie and Brian. The excitement was overwhelming. So I'm glad to say Brody is back home where he belongs.
Thank you to everyone that made this possible. Without all the help, support and love this would not have happened. Continue to keep our friends and godchildren in your prayers. We'll let everyone know when the celebration party is!!!!!!!!!!
We have been so busy wrapping up everything from the spaghetti dinner and silent auction--whew! What a success! We are so close to our goal of $20,000 and have been able to help Billie and Brian out with many of their legal expenses. What a blessing. You can watch a news story tonight at 11pm on Channel 7 from Detroit on the Giroux family....the link is attached. Keep praying and sending support in all ways! Thank you so very much!
Here is the news link: http://www.wxyz.com//dpp/news/local_news/investigations/child-caught-in-the-middle-of-murder-case
As some of you may have heard, Wednesdays time in court was frustrating without much change in the case. Billie and Brian were surrounded by many friends and family to help give them the strength they needed to get through the day. Now more than ever, they need our support. When Billie was feeling defeated upon leaving the courthouse, my words to her were, "we are not going to let you stop fighting," We know that if it was any of us, her and Brian would do the same thing! Now is the time to come together and keep carrying the Giroux family. We have 2 big events coming up this week; Thursday 10/18 from 5-9pm is the Spaghetti Dinner at First Church of the Nazerene in Jackson and Saturday 10/20 from 8-12pm, a pancake breakfast at Paragon school in Jackson. Please keep praying and keep the donations coming!
Over 15 people gathered tonight to organize and plan for the spaghetti dinner in our latest effort to help bring Brody home! This community is truly amazing! We are now accepting ALL donations for the dinner. Sauce, noodles, ground beef, salad, paper products and the like--also, if you are not able to attend, and would like to make a monetary donation using this sight, please make sure to designate that it is for the spaghetti dinner specifically. Cost for the dinner is $6 per adult, $4 for a child (under 12), $20 for a family of 5 or more. The event is on Thursday, October 18th from 5pm-9pm, 3905 Clinton Rd, Jackson, MI. See you there!!!!
Our efforts, prayers, and donations continue to help Billie and Brian get through this troubling time in their lives. This weekend, some wonderful ladies from Paragon organized a book sale, that brought in over $300! That is just awesome.
Upcoming...on October 18th from 5pm-9pm we are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson. WE NEED YOU!!! Ideas, donations, and thoughts for putting this together to benefit the Giroux Family in the best possible way. The event will also include a 50/50 raffle and silent auction through the evening. Prizes and donations are greatly appreciated!!!!!
Also, a Pancake Breakfast at Paragon School on Saturday October 20th from 8am-Noon, many volunteers are needed for both of these events if you are willing and able, please contact us.
May God continue to Bless Billie and Brian and protect Brody....Thank You.
This Saturday September 29, Leanne Simms (and others) are holding a used book sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the "Bring Brody Home" fund. She currently has over 500 books! The sale will take place at 2703 Kibby Rd in Jackson beginning at 10am. Thank you Leanne and all who are helping to put this together. Every little bit helps!!!!
For the first time in a month Brody got to spend some time with family. Billie's mom and dad got to spend an hour with him today. He told us that Brody appeared to be in good spirits, affectionate and wanted to know when he could come home. They also wanted us to know Brody was being well cared for while everything is getting solved. Let's continue to pray and send our support to get Brody home soon. God Bless.
Once again another great day of help. We're now over $3,500 in combined donations. We have several ideas in the works for different fundraisers to help this go faster. Right now were looking at the possibilities of a spaghetti dinner, golf outing and a few others. If anyone has any ideas or would be willing and able to help please let us know.
What a wonderful 4 days of help for the Giroux family. Between personal donations and donations directly to the website we are almost exactly at $3,000!
A Medical Examiner from U of M has reviewed the original autopsy report. He says that he believes that there is no evidence of foul play or homicide associated with Birklees passing, and is willing to testify against the current Medical Examiners report. This is one piece in the puzzle to get Brody back home with his parents--Thank you again!
We talked to Billie and Brian tonight...they wanted to thank everyone for their kind generosity and support. Honestly, they are having a hard time wrapping their minds around how eager friends and family have been to help, everything is coming together so quickly!
They also wanted everyone to know that in an attempt to be proactive in scheduling, taking, and passing polygraph exams, they took the tests late last week--rather than waiting to be asked. As we all expected, they both passed with flying colors and the examiner determined that they were more than truthful. God sure does work in wonderful ways!
This photo update is of Luminaries that Billie's aunt has kept glowing since August 31st and will continue to do so until Brody returns home. Thanks so much for all of the support, almost 1,000 visitors to this site over the weekend!
Wow! In less than 24 hours between personal donations and donations to this site, Friends of the Giroux Family have raised $1,100, what a great start! Thanks to everyone who has started to spread the word, please continue to help make this go "viral" by sharing with EVERYONE you possibly can!!!! Let's get Brody home!
Friends of the Giroux Family:
On the morning of August 7, 2012 our 4 year old Goddaughter, Birklee, was taken from this world...way to soon. Since this tragedy, the family's life has been turned upside down. Birklee had a medical history of seizures and died unexpectedly in her sleep without explanation. Due to the lack of evidence, her parents have had to defend themselves against being wrongfully accused of having any kind of role in the tragic death.
During this time of unknown, their 8 year old son has been taken from the home and placed in foster care. Until Birklee's mom and dad can prove their innocence he will remain away from the family. So, it's like this family has lost two children, not just one. At the time of this update, Brody has been away in foster care for about 3 weeks, with absolutely no contact. Here's how Brody's parents are feeling today:
"Today, September 14, 2012 marks 39 days since we have seen our 4-year-old little "Birkie Bubbles," and 23 days since
we have seen our beautiful 8-year-old son, Brody. To lose one child may
seem to some as a great misfortune, but to lose two children is to define the
greatest sadness anyone could ever imagine. How does one cope with losing a
child, let alone two? What do you say to someone who has lost both of their
children within two weeks of each other? How do they do it each day? Well, we
struggle just to put one foot in front of the other. We have to remember to
breathe while trying to nourish and rest our bodies in order to gain the
strength we need to fight another day to get our son back."
We are asking for donations and help to compile a team of medical experts to defend this family and bring their life back to a "new normal". We would also like to help provide financial help to them to cover living expenses while they stumble through this trying time.
We realize that these are tough times for many people in this country, but if you could please consider just a small donation to our cause, it will be appreciated more than you know. You can help bring our Godson safetly home!
If you would like, you many send or drop donations directly to the bank, account name is Friends of The Giroux Family:
1965 Boardman Rd
Jackson, MI 49202