Without hesitation Mom and Mike have always opened their hearts and the door of their beautiful home to their friends and family -- especially their 'Brady Bunch' consisting of 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 on the way.
No matter what, us children could always count on Mom and Mike to host birthday parties, Christmas mornings for the kids, beautiful Thanksgivings, have people over late, or just simply provide a place of refuge when in need.
On December 4th Mom and Mike's lives have surely been impacted forever, as this home -- hand-built by Mike 20 years ago -- and over time woven into a place of pricless memories, was tragically lost to a fire. Within the devastation of the fire was not only the entire house and all their possessions, but irreplacable family photos and heirlooms collected over decades. See details on links below.
Having just finished hosting 2015 Thanksgiving and getting ready to host her 60th Birthday on December 15th, my Mom was compelled to remind all her friends what matters the most:
With nothing left but the clothes on their backs my Mom, while understandly devastated and griefstruck, still managed to remind me that we'll always have our memories and that this should only make us stronger.
This fund-raising effort is for two people who have given so much to their family as well as the community. It is for two people who truly knows what matters the most in life, but due to circumstances, will need all the help they can get to rebuild.
If anyone can do it, I know it's them.
Thank you so much for your generosity. And please, if you're unable to donate, do know that prayers indeed work and that they will be felt and appreciated by Mom, Mike and the rest of us!
Thank you, God Bless, and Merry Christmas!
- Stephen Gates
- cheryl cook
Organizer and beneficiary
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