Eddie and Donna Parsons
Please help support these fire victims if you can.
Checks can be sent to the First Baptist Church - Address: 26031 Depot St, Calumet, MI 49913 . Phone: (906) 337-3914
Eddie and Donna Parsons are neighbors of mine. Their house is a complete loss after a fire that started in the upstairs of their house completely destroyed it last evening. Thankfully both Eddie and Donna are OK, but they lost everything. They desperately need our help.
They need a new home and everything that is needed to furnish a home as well as food and clothing.
I'd like to give a little update on behalf of Ed and Donna Parsons. Thanks to our loving community we were able to get Ed and Donna set up with just about everything they need. The insurance company paid to rent them a house for the winter. With the funds that came in from their GoFundMe we were able to get things like dishes and blankets and clothing. Kirkish Furniture was kind enough to give them close to 50% off anything in the store. We were able to get Ed and Donna a nice bedroom set and a new bed. Many from the community donated things like recliners and a sofa and some simple furniture. Ed and Donna are still very sad about losing a life time of belongings, but they are warm and clothed and fed and very thankful for their new stuff. We are still waiting to hear what type of settlement the insurance company will give them on their structure and contents. At this point it looks like they will be hunkered down in this very nice rental for winter. We will continue to take them shopping weekly to replace needed items as they come up. The generosity of this community has made this tragedy as painless and simple as it could possibly be. Thanks to all who have contributed financially and physically to help them in their time of trial. It has been a blessing to see God provide for them.
Thank you, Calumet Community, for your overwhelming support to meet the most immediate needs of Ed and Donna Parsons through your generous donations to GoFundMe. They are safe in a hotel, and they have food and clothing.
The Parsons are in good hands with Dean Kangas at State Farm, and they were well insured, so by this time next year they could be in another home with new stuff.
To help them bridge the gap, PLEASE READ how you can help in order of priority:
1. DOCUMENTING LOSS
The Parsons need many hands to sort and document their charred belongings. We want to be sure their insurance can reimburse them for all they’ve lost. We’ll announce a workday shortly.
The Parsons are looking for a house or half a duplex to rent for the next year within walking distance to ShopKo, Pat’s, and Jim’s Pizza. Please let us know if you have any leads.
3. TEMPORARY FURNISHINGS
The Parsons will need appliances and furniture for their temporary housing. Please contact Joel Keranen or Joe Panion of Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home at 337-4600 to arrange for pickup. They will accept items in good condition now and determine what is needed later. Items not needed will be donated elsewhere.
4. FOOD AND CLOTHING
The Parsons’ immediate needs have been met through donations from the church and GoFundMe. We’ll be accepting donations of frozen and nonperishable food on Thursday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so the Parsons can restock their freezer and pantry once they find temporary housing.
The Parsons could also use lightly worn clothing. Men’s medium/large shirt, 34×30 pants, and size 10/10.5 shoe. Women’s 11/12 pants, extra-large jacket. They will sort through what they can use and the rest will be donated to the Angel Mission.
Gift cards to Pats, Dollar General, and ShopKo work well, too. And a shout out to Jim’s Pizza for letting them eat free for as long as they need.
It’s abundantly clear that many in our community love them and help them regularly. It’s a testimony to the strength and the quality of the people living in the community of Calumet.
It must be stressed that their long-term needs will be met through insurance, and insurance will even help with temporary shelter and food until they are settled. We do not want to overstate their need, but please know your generous support is very much appreciated during this most unsettling time for the Parsons.
God Bless You