Bott Family Trust Fund
$128,026 of $100,000 goal
An entire community is in mourning at the loss of Catie (13), Jana (11) and Dara (11) who are survived by their brother Caleb, their parents and numerous relatives. Their bright and shining lives were cut inexplicably short but in the wake of this tragic farm accident the family can find strength in both the local and global farming community.
Community members, friends and family have banded together to help with the remaining harvest and to comfort the family. However, the healing and recovery period will last far longer than the story will remain in the news and on the mind of those removed from the community. The significant emotional and financial toll will be felt for a long time and we encourage those of you who are willing, to support the Bott's in their time of need.
This fund has been created with the blessing of the Bott family, through friends and neighbours. Direct donations may be made to the Eckville District Savings & Credit Union located at Box 278, 5002 50th Street, Eckville, AB T0M 0X0 in the name "Bott Family Trust"
Alternatively, contributions made through this GoFundMe account will be deposited to the Bott Family Trust at the Eckville Credit Union.
As dear friends of the family we are all impacted by this tragedy and we know it has touched the lives of many outside of our local influence. We thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and donations, as the Bott's will need all of these things for many days yet to come.
Dave Brand & Pam Koenig
A Loss Beyond Words - 1 Tragic Night in our Farming Community
CBC News continues to update their news story, at the link below.
On Sunday, a few hundred people gathered at the Withrow Gospel Mission after the service for some live music and a balloon release. In memory of Catie, Dara & Jana, over 500 balloons were released to the sky on a bright, beautiful sunny day.
We all continue to be amazed by how much this story has touched others and how through your support, you have touched us.
We are at a loss for words to describe how we feel about your generosity. Sincerely the words "Thank You" are not enough. It is not just about the donations either. The comments we have received are the true heart and soul of this campaign. In response to this campaign and the blog "A Loss Beyond Words" which has had over 200, 000 worldwide views in the last 48 hours we have received the deepest, most insightful and encouraging comments. For this we thank you.
I am currently sitting in the farmyard as I write this update. Family and friends are rallying to complete other fall farm tasks in addition to the harvest. Roger & Bonita are floored by your generous spirit and kind words - Roger literally took a chair when I showed him the campaign update this evening.
We want to be mindful of the awareness of where these funds will go. All funds from this campaign will be deposited directly to Bott Family Trust at the Eckville Credit Union. The road to recovery from this tragedy will take weeks, months and years. These funds will be there to support the Bott family not only in the coming days but through the coming years. There are many expenses that arise from a tragedy such as this that cannot be foreseen but with your generosity and support, we are confident the family will be able to weather the storm.
Simple words are not enough to express how we feel. But from the bottom of our aching hearts we thank you.
We are humbled by your contributions. When we created this campaign we had no idea of the overwhelming support it would receive. We truly had no goal in mind and set what we believed to be an achievable (though arbitrary) number to help the Bott family. Already in one evening you have exceeded that goal. Please do not hesitate to continue your support.
You all truly are showing us the beauty of this world and the people in it. You have proven that we are all one large family and one integral community. From the bottom of our hearts and souls... Thank You
I am the proud father of 4 children, that where raised on a farm. I also have worked with hundreds of people to overcome emotional trauma. As the news broke this morning I am in shock and I can not imagine the overwhelming pain you must bear. Please contact me if you or your son needs help, physically on the farm, or in my capacity as life coach and natural healer. Any time and no charge - you deserve support and I would be honoured if I can help.
I am so sorry. A farming accident took our son in 1993 at the age of 2 1/2 yrs old. Many did not understand why we did not have him with a sitter. But our farming community rallied around us and knew it could have been any one of them at any time. Don't live with guilt as it was just an accident. Sending my prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss, I wish I knew the words to make it ok. I lost my husband and son in an accident 5 years ago. I can't imagine what you are going through but wish I could take it away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you with much love...
We try to imagine the pain of loosing your loved ones, we search our heart and soul and pray to God and seek how one may overcome this agony, and we ask him “how can we heal a broken heart? There are simply times when things go array for reasons that may never be understood. We will not understand the total picture until we meet in eternity. Death has never been easy to except. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34”18) God, bless this family with Strength, Courage and Spirit during this painful time.
I lost my 5 year old daughter five years ago from a snowmachine accident while riding with her father. I can only imagine what you are going through with losing three children. I can tell you that the pain of losing one child will stay with you forever but slowly your days will get better where you will feel like you can breath and function again. Use your supports and grieve how you need to. Your daughters will always be with you. Hugs.
We lived in Withrow and Eckville for a couple of years, my daughter (Amethyst ) went to school eith Catie and i believe sat with her on the bus. I am unable to donate, but hooe you know you are in my heart and prayers. I wish somehow i could help. God bkess , you all
I am a mother of a 8 year old that was killed on a farm around Byemooir, AB on my parents farm. A person can go on and on and on about children killed by carelessness of people. My children were left with my parents as I had to undergo surgery and my three children were there and saw their oldest brother killed at the age of 8. His brother aged 7 saw him killed and his 2 year old sister was also there. Don't think that because she was only 2 she did not remember it or know what happened. My mother had all three of my children on a garden tractor and my 2 year old daughter was on the seat of the tractor with my mom and my two boys apprently were each sitting on the fender. My oldest boy was kicking at the dirt that came up from the tiller and he lost his balance and fell into it. Can you imagine what my two children saw that day, while their brother was twisted around the blades of the tiller, no I can't and I don't even want to know what went through their small minds. All I know it has been hell for us as we try to move on with our faith and being alone in this with no help from anyone. I was raised all my life on that farm but no one gave me any help to pay for my child's funeral or my husband to help give us money to get through the horrible days ahead. He worked for a company, Calgary Power and he had to take time off from work and no one gave him money to help pay our bills as we tried to get through these days ahead and yes it was only one child that was killed but I had two more that saw this horrifc death of their brother. My two boys were 10 months apart and inseparable and their little sister meant the world to them but we got through it with the love we had for one another and that was all we had was one another. The death of a child no matter whether it be one child or three is a hell I wish on no one. I can still sit down anad cry for hours at the tragic loss we have gone through. I feel so bad for the Botts and only hope they hang on to one another as they try to get through these tragic days that are ahead of them because it is not something that I want to wish on anyone. No one can imagine the hell it is to know that there is one less child at the table or a brother that my other son had lost his brother that they were so close and because you never saw one without the other and have a child come up to your other son and ask where is Wayne? He would break down crying and run home so I started going wherever he went until we moved to our new home where it became a bit easier and a new school for them. Their school grades dropped and there was acting out in the school and classroom, it just goes on and on and on. I feel for you guys and never forget your faith and your little boy. Many questions will be asked and why mom why did it happen, but always be truthful, but never forget one another. God Bless you all!!
I have been here wanting to say something but I just could not think of anything to say. I lost a daughter and I know the pain, I could never imagine losing 3 children at once, but I watched you speak and see the strength you have through Jesus and that is such a powerful testimony you both gave to Jesus. I have no money to give, I just keep sharing this page and I offer you my thoughts and prayers to all of you and may nothing but Love surround you all ♥ ♥
I want to thank the neighbours who did the combining. If I still had a combine, I would have been there in a heartbeat. I know none of you who did it want thanks, but it matters. It is an action of deep love and compassion. So thank you for doing that.
It makes me so emotional to see the outpouring of support for this family. I've never met them, but my heart hurts immensely for the loss of those beautiful kids and the pain of those left behind. I have yet to contribute to the fund but I definitely will if the budget allows...God bless this family and the people helping them through these tough times.
My thoughts are with you now and in the coming days, I pray your pain eases and that your heart stops hurting and heals. I know the pain you are feeling right now as I lost 2 children, and the hurt and pain feels unbearable. Just when you think you have cried every tear they flow again. We ask ourselves why, but we will never know, but do remember those 3 beautiful angels will be beside you all, in every step you take or breath you take. Do not be afraid to ask for help or counselling, that's not weak that's just knowing you want to heal and live on for Caleb and each other. Stay strong, lean on each other and family and friends! ❤️
Just want you to know there are still many people that are keeping you all in their Hearts and Prayers. God Bless ♥ ♥ ♥
My heart aches for your family.. we lost our son on a tragic steer riding accident at the age of 9.. I will comtinue to hold you in my heart and my thoughts.. it is the hardest thing..if tpi ever need to talk please let me know. God bless
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I lost a son at the age of 11 years . Please lean on the Lord about as He is you strengh and comfort at this time. They that God on take the best and the special ones, so your girls were very precious to Him .