Thank you so much. Together we raised $3,395 to keep the roof over this family's head, utilities working, and food in their bellies. Kellie and Erik did an amazing job supporting their tiny preemies through long NICU stays and open heart surgery. So many scary moments they faced together and with our thoughts, prayers, and resources united we were in the background cheering them on. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and I know that Kellie and Erik feel the same way. Thank you.
Hello Friends. It has been a very long time and for that I apologize. Our little family is home. Both Kellie and Erik are back to work. All is right in their little world. Its busy, its crazy, there is no time for sleeping but there is a ton of love and everyone is HEALTHY!! I hope this post finds all of you and yours happy and healthy as we roll into the blessed holiday season. Thank you for your thoughts prayers and donations. Every penny made a difference! Attached is a picture of Keegan .
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Our Smith Family is home. The journey is not over, there is much to be done before we are on solid footing. Kolton will see the cardiologist this week to give the family a better idea of next steps. The path to this families complete recovery is becoming visiable but for it to be well established they still need your help. There is still no money coming in right now. This means the emotional and finacial burdens are still a reality.
What is the goal? What is the time frame?
I will keep updating and collecting donations as long as Kellie and Erik are out of work and the bills keep on coming in. My goal is to make sure their homecoming is a joyous celebration of family triumph and not highlighted by past due notices and doctors bills. Thank you to everyone that is following, sharing, and donating.
I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. ~Author Unknown
Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.
David Ogden Stiers
There is no stong or weak link. It is a love unlike any other. It is not blood or namesake that makes it family it is the drive to love , protect, and never give up no matter what the obsticle. No one gets left behind.
The best portion of a good man's life - his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~William Wordsworth
A deep thanks to each of you who have helped by contributing or spreading the word. I wanted to take a minute and talk to you all about where the money is going. Originally I wanted to be able to help pay a bill or two that came trickling in from the hospital expenses. We have all been there when the bills from a medical visit or procedure flow in and the money just isn't there to cover them. The stress of medical costs is there and will take a toll as more begin to trickle in. With long hospital stays, specialists, helicopter flight for life transportation and open heart surgery there is no doubt this family will be facing medical bills for a long time to come. However, for now there is a more immediate need.
Kellie was put on bed rest 10 weeks before the boys arrived. Erik worked hard to pick up extra hours and photography projects to help keep the bills current and build some savings. Since the boys have come into the world, Erik has been out of work so he can stay with Kolton in the hospital. For weeks now Erik and Kellie have been commuting from Colorado Springs to Denver which puts a huge dent in their pocket. Then consider the lodging even with the support of Ronald McDonald House; when there is no money coming in any money going out can really cause concern. Basic bills also need to be taken care of like food, utilities and the mortgage. Daily expenses, weekly and monthly expenses can become burden quickly when there is no money coming in. Being able to use these donations to keep Kellie and Erik focused on bringing their boys home is huge . As Kolton grows up there are going to be additional financial burdens to consider. He will continue to see a cardiologist on a regular basis, increasing the cost of standard pediatric care exponentially. Bottom line is we have an opportunity right now as a community to help these two get to stable ground. A friend told me, "take blessings as they come because you never know when you will need one and it will no longer be there." I am so proud and happy to be small part of this blessing that each of you are extending to Erik, Kellie, Kolton and Keegan. Thank you EACH and EVERY ONE of you.
This is a beautiful picture of little Kolton. Kolton is our tiny friend that is causing all the fuss. He is a little fighter. Thank each and every one of you for your support. Whether you were able to donate or you are passing along the Smith's story you are contributing to this little man's recovery efforts.
Who are Erik and Kellie Smith? Beyond being my dear friends, beyond being devoted and frightened new parents Kellie and Erik are dedicated members or our local community. These two people give with all their hearts to causes that better our immediate area.
Erik works for Griffith Center for Children. This is not a job for the weak of heart. He works daily with children that are troubled. The children in his program have experienced and caused great pain. Erik's job is to see the good in these kids, the potential, and to build these kids' confidence and self worth. Erik chooses everyday to work in a less than "thankful" job and make healthy and productive members of society out of kids that many of our community have lost hope in.
Kellie is a lover of animals. Her first job is working at with Woodmoor Veterinary Hospital but for all the years I have known her she spends her spare moments training, protecting, and loving at-risk dogs with All Breed Rescue & Training, a local non-profit. During the fires, Kellie, pregnant and tired from working on her feet all day at her regular job still spent every evening taking care of animals whose families had been evacuated. Another great program that captured Kellie's heart long ago is training leader dogs for the blind. In tow everywhere she goes is a leader dog pup in training. This will be the first year in the six that I have known Kellie and Erik that they will not be raising a leader dog puppy. These two BEAUTIFUL people work together everyday to make our community brighter. Who are Erik and Kellie, well , to me they are people who make me want to be better and do more"¦
Please forward our cause... send it to friends, family, and co-workers. If you are unable to help, I completely understand we have all been there ... but can we all work together to find people that can help? Beyond the bills for doctors and transportation we need to make it easier for this family to focus on recovering.
Thank you so very much. I love this family very much and each of you helping means a great deal and can help take away some of the burden. It breaks my heart to let you know Kolton is battling a new hurdle, Kolton is having complications with his intestines. The journey ahead we pray takes a turn heading towards home and this families reunion but for now anything we can do...
When Kellie and Erik found out they were pregnant it was a joyous celebration. They have always known they wanted to be parents. Both of them love children and met working with kids at YMCA camps in Michigan. When they told me they were pregnant with twins it came with a looming cloud, the smallest twin may not make it , he was just so small. Then he did. From the moment Kolton and Keegan were born both boys fought to thrive. Kolton, our littlest one especially. Kolton has recently begun his recovery from open heart surgery. Kellie and Erick give so much to their friends and community, I am here asking you to help this beautiful family get back on stable ground. Please, follow this amazing families journey at
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