Bell, FL Tragedy Funeral Expenses

$15,025 of $20k goal

Raised by 302 people in 27 months
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Christine Jeffers  ALACHUA, FL
As their maternal grandmother (mother to Sarah) begins the process of laying her family to rest, this page has been created to help raise the funds necessary to give the 7 victims of the September 18, 2014 tragedies in Bell, FL a proper memorial service.  These funds will be used to honor the following victims and to help with incurred expenses:

Sarah Spirit, 28 (mother)
Kaleb Kuhlmann, 10
Kylie Kuhlmann, 9
Jonathan Kuhlmann, 8
Destiny Stewart, 5
Brandon Stewart, 4
Alanna Stewart, 2.5 months

*Locally, an account has been set up through Alarion Bank in Alachua, FL if you would like to donate at any Alarion Bank.  The account name will be: Bell, FL Tragedy, Acct #450007364

*These funds will be used to cover all funeral expenses and headstones first and will go directly to the funeral home once this fundraising campaign closes.

*Any additional funds raised in addition to what is necessary to cover the funeral expenses and headstones will be sent to Another Way Domestic Violence & Crisis Center (serving Levy, Gilchrist, Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Layafette counties), Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network (serving Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties), and the City of Alachua Recreation Department’s “Six Angels Fund” (a fund established to provide children the opportunity to play sports when cost is an issue).

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Hi, my name is Sarah Beck and I am from Alachua, FL.  I first met Christine and the children at our local ball parks as they played ball with us in the Spring of this year.  As you can imagine our world was rocked when we heard the news of the tragedy in Bell, FL.  Our hearts broke and immediately we felt like we had to something.  After a conversation with Christine, it was very clear that the needs to cover funeral expenses would be large which is how this page came about.  I have been in contact with Alan at Williams Thomas Funeral Homes who has kept me in the loop regarding expenses and needs.  A bank account has been set up specifically for this GOFUNDME account.  The funds will be transferred into that account and then a bank check will be drawn from that account and sent to the funeral home.  Any additional funds (which we don't expect there will be any) will be sent to two different local domestic abuse shelters as well as the City of Alachua "Six Angels Fund" which is an account established to help children participate in athletics when cost is an issue.  I am the creator of this page and put it in Christine's name in an effort to keep myself from being in any type of media coverage or spotlight.  Clearly, the focus of this fundraising effort was to be on the children and the desire to give them a proper burial and headstones. I will be handling the funds and getting the bank check to Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes of Gainesville, Florida.
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Update 2
Posted by Christine Jeffers
26 months ago
Information required by GOFUNDME in order to send funds to the funeral home:

Hi, my name is Sarah Beck and I am from Alachua, FL. I first met Christine and the children at our local ball parks as they played ball with us in the Spring of this year. As you can imagine our world was rocked when we heard the news of the tragedy in Bell, FL. Our hearts broke and immediately we felt like we had to something. After a conversation with Christine, it was very clear that the needs to cover funeral expenses would be large which is how this page came about. I have been in contact with Alan at Williams Thomas Funeral Homes who has kept me in the loop regarding expenses and needs. A bank account has been set up specifically for this GOFUNDME account. The funds will be transferred into that account and then a bank check will be drawn from that account and sent to the funeral home. Any additional funds (which we don't expect there will be any) will be sent to two different local domestic abuse shelters as well as the City of Alachua "Six Angels Fund" which is an account established to help children participate in athletics when cost is an issue. I am the creator of this page and put it in Christine's name in an effort to keep myself from being in any type of media coverage or spotlight. Clearly, the focus of this fundraising effort was to be on the children and the desire to give them a proper burial and headstones.
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Update 1
Posted by Christine Jeffers
26 months ago
For those interested in the fundraising efforts, we are currently just under the goal of raising enough funds to cover the funeral expenses and headstones for Sarah Spirit and her 6 children. This total is from all fundraising efforts including GoFundMe, a $10,000 contribution from the funeral home, Alarion Bank donations, and donations mailed directly to the funeral home.

Many have asked what will be done with any additional giving above that which is necessary to cover the burial costs? Any additional funds raised in addition to what is necessary to cover the funeral expenses and headstones will be sent to Another Way Domestic Violence & Crisis Center (serving Levy, Gilchrist, Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Layafette counties), Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network (serving Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties), and the City of Alachua Recreation Department’s “Six Angels Fund” (a fund established to provide children the opportunity to play sports when cost is an issue).

While there is still so much sadness and everyone is still grieving the loss of seven lives, there is so much comfort in knowing that there are good people in this world. Thank you to all that have given or shared this link on your social media pages. Without you and your kindness, fundraising goals would not be met within less than a week's time. If you are not comfortable donating through GOFUNDME, below are the ways you can still help:

ALARION BANK
An account has been set up at the Alarion Bank in Alachua, Florida. Donations can be mailed in or deposited at any Alarion Bank location.
Account #450007364
Reference: “Bell, FL Tragedy”

Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes
Donations can be mailed directly to Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes.
404 N. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Memo: Sarah Spirit & Children

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all who have given and helped in any way. Not a single deed has gone unnoticed and is appreciated more than you will ever know by the family.
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Angela Steck
26 months ago

I have been contacted by a charity organization from orlando that would like to take care of all the tombstones for the children. Please let me know if you would like their information. I can be reached at eliang378@aol.com

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Danna Murray
26 months ago

Jodie's Beauty & Barber Shop on Main Street in High Springs, FL is also doing a cut- a- thon on Friday Sept 26th from 8-5 to raise money and has set up a donation jar. 386-454-2311

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Vanessa Kramer
27 months ago

Christine - you know I love you so very much and I am So sorry for your loss. I see how you still struggle with the loss of Kyle. I know it's hard but I know you can do it. Just think about Sara and the kids being reunited with Kyle and they are all together looking down on you. You have lots of guardian angels now. I will pray for you Frank and Josh daily. Call me if you need anything. -Nessa

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Ruthann Lee
27 months ago

Praying for your loss from Pennsylvania, I have shared this with friends, My cousin grew up with Sarah and knew her well, she is her cousin also, Love and Prayers...TRADGIC LOSS we all feel for you.

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Deborah Pequeno
27 months ago

Ms Christine My prayers are with you my daughter knew destiny and this is a horrible tragedy. I have contacted CNN Nancy Grace to post this to raise money and I will help any way I can Deborah Pequeno Bell Florida

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Ashlee Langford
27 months ago

I also set up a site. We are making strides!! So proud of our community and those willing to help give these babies a special memorial.

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Erica Cox
27 months ago

There is another account set up. I do believe she is trying to help you raise money. She went to Bell also. And lives in Lake City. Her name is Ashlee Langford.

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Cassandra Plikuhn
27 months ago

Beautiful mother...beautiful babies! Pulling for the family

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Abraham Hernandez
27 months ago

So sorry for your loss, my family and I are praying for all the family and friends to get comfort and peace in this tragic time.

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Eugene Usow
27 months ago

I am sorry for your loss. There are wonderful people in Bell and Gilchrist.

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Kathy Griffis
27 months ago

Praying for peace and comfort for this family!

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Darryl Richardson
27 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you feel. I just lost my mom last week. I will keep your family in our prayers.

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Debora Bazemore
27 months ago

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you find comfort and healing.

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Burnette Lupe
27 months ago

I'am so sorry about your lost, All i could say the Children's & the Mother are in the L ORD hand's now ? My heart goes out to your lost... I will be praying for your family & firends.....

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Brittany Boyette
27 months ago

Im so sorry for your loss you are in ny prayers

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Misty McCurry
27 months ago

praying for friends and family

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$15,025 of $20k goal

Raised by 302 people in 27 months
Created September 19, 2014
CJ
Christine Jeffers  
$10
Anonymous
1 month ago
HP
$10
Holly Pedneau
25 months ago
$5
Anonymous
25 months ago
TA
$25
Tracy Adams
26 months ago
LG
$50
larry garvislarry
26 months ago

I am so sorry to learn of your Tragedy,

$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
MM
$100
MICU MICU
26 months ago
TH
$100
Thomas Halonski
26 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss.

MB
$120
Michael Brinza
26 months ago
$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
Angela Steck
26 months ago

I have been contacted by a charity organization from orlando that would like to take care of all the tombstones for the children. Please let me know if you would like their information. I can be reached at eliang378@aol.com

+ Read More
Danna Murray
26 months ago

Jodie's Beauty & Barber Shop on Main Street in High Springs, FL is also doing a cut- a- thon on Friday Sept 26th from 8-5 to raise money and has set up a donation jar. 386-454-2311

+ Read More
Vanessa Kramer
27 months ago

Christine - you know I love you so very much and I am So sorry for your loss. I see how you still struggle with the loss of Kyle. I know it's hard but I know you can do it. Just think about Sara and the kids being reunited with Kyle and they are all together looking down on you. You have lots of guardian angels now. I will pray for you Frank and Josh daily. Call me if you need anything. -Nessa

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Ruthann Lee
27 months ago

Praying for your loss from Pennsylvania, I have shared this with friends, My cousin grew up with Sarah and knew her well, she is her cousin also, Love and Prayers...TRADGIC LOSS we all feel for you.

+ Read More
Deborah Pequeno
27 months ago

Ms Christine My prayers are with you my daughter knew destiny and this is a horrible tragedy. I have contacted CNN Nancy Grace to post this to raise money and I will help any way I can Deborah Pequeno Bell Florida

+ Read More
Ashlee Langford
27 months ago

I also set up a site. We are making strides!! So proud of our community and those willing to help give these babies a special memorial.

+ Read More
Erica Cox
27 months ago

There is another account set up. I do believe she is trying to help you raise money. She went to Bell also. And lives in Lake City. Her name is Ashlee Langford.

+ Read More
Cassandra Plikuhn
27 months ago

Beautiful mother...beautiful babies! Pulling for the family

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Abraham Hernandez
27 months ago

So sorry for your loss, my family and I are praying for all the family and friends to get comfort and peace in this tragic time.

+ Read More
Eugene Usow
27 months ago

I am sorry for your loss. There are wonderful people in Bell and Gilchrist.

+ Read More
Kathy Griffis
27 months ago

Praying for peace and comfort for this family!

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Darryl Richardson
27 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you feel. I just lost my mom last week. I will keep your family in our prayers.

+ Read More
Debora Bazemore
27 months ago

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you find comfort and healing.

+ Read More
Burnette Lupe
27 months ago

I'am so sorry about your lost, All i could say the Children's & the Mother are in the L ORD hand's now ? My heart goes out to your lost... I will be praying for your family & firends.....

+ Read More
Brittany Boyette
27 months ago

Im so sorry for your loss you are in ny prayers

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Misty McCurry
27 months ago

praying for friends and family

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