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Help Four Orphaned Children

$6,505 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 107 people in 3 months
Created November 3, 2017
This is my step-sister. Her name is Sarah. She had a mother... Her name is Paula Modelle. She is a kind and generous woman, and an even kinder and more generous mother. She has lived her life for her three children. Her entire life. More than a decade ago, her oldest child, a daughter, stayed home and let her husband bring the kids to school so she could rest, since she felt a little sick. When her husband arrived home, she was dead of a brain aneurysm. My step-mother has never really recovered from that experience. Now, very recently, one of her children, Sarah, was killed by her husband in a domestic altercation as she was trying to leave a bad situation. They had four children together, all under 11yrs old. With Sarah gone, and their father in jail for what will probably be the rest of their formative years, they are, effectively, orphans. They know they’ve lost their mother, but not that their father beat her to death. They are destroyed. My step-mother has been reduced to a pile of ashes.My step-mother, Paula, has of course taken them into her home, being the logical next of kin. CPS did a home visit today, and she needs to effect repairs and renovations to her home in the next 60 days to their satisfaction if she wants them to stay with her. Additionally, everything the children own is tied up with the ongoing investigation, so she needs to buy things like pillows and clothes for four children. Not to mention food. The costs add up, and loom over her head like another dark cloud.Times are tough, and most don’t have a lot to give, but even a dollar adds up to lift some of the burden, or half a dollar, or a dime. Every cent will go toward helping with repairs and renovation expenses, or to direct care costs for these children. Not a penny will be wasted.Please, if you can, help.
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All,

I am humbled by the amount of support the community has been showing my family during these times.

There has been volunteers to help complete the CPS-ordered repairs that need to be done. There have been clothing and other items offered for donation. Even actual beds. Financial donations well beyond what any of us thought would come in. Prayers and love, condolences, and sympathy have poured in. More than anyone can keep up with.

Thank you. Really. Really really. It means so so much.

Paula is still in the grips of grief. There have been additional developments that add facets to the stone of sorrow sitting in her heart, and I am, at this point, in awe that she is still moving forward at all. It is a testament to her strength of will and love for Sarah’s babies and her grandchildren.

We will, I promise, address everyone who has volunteered time or goods, directly and individually, with some proper checklists so that we can organize things like donation drop offs for clothes, or volunteer construction work.

In the midst of events that could easily destroy a persons faith in Humanity, you are all the antidote for that poison. It means more than words have the agency to convey. Thank you doesn’t cut it.
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I finally have some information about the kids clothing sizes, for those wanting to donate clothing directly.

Here are the sizes:

Gary 7-8
Shaun 9-10
Christina 10-12
Angelina 12-14
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All,

Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and kindness; it means so so much more than any of us can say. Lots of folks have asked for the children’s ages and clothing and shoe sizes, so I’ve asked for that information to post. As you can imagine, things are moving slowly and deliberately there.

Money is great but donations like clothing or bedding or any of that is just as good, or maybe better!

I will figure out how Paula would like to handle those kinds of donations - mail or drop off, what they need the most urgently, etcetera.

Thank you to everyone who has pitched in a dollar or two (or more) - every penny will help so much.
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Raised by 107 people in 3 months
Created November 3, 2017
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