Mike & Bridgit Graham House Fire
I have sat for days and maybe even weeks trying to figure out the words that are comparable to what my family has experienced from all of you. However, I fear it will always fall short. I cannot put a label or a quick paragraph together on how each of you in your own way has made us feel special. I cannot explain how many times we have felt hurt, confused, frustrated, annoyed, angry, sad or indifferent. But the everlasting and incredible support of our family, community, and friends has made this experience almost positive. I cannot believe how many people care about me and my family. I cannot believe how much support we received. I cannot believe that we have made it through 6 weeks. I cannot believe that every time I leave my house someone is genuinely concerned about me and my families’ well-being. I cannot begin to fathom how we could do this without any of you. And I cannot imagine the people that go through this without the family, friends and community that we have. I would be completely lost without each and every one of you.
Thank you all so much
The Graham Family
It's been 6 days after the Graham's lost their house. Today is Saturday and most people are excited it's the weekend and for some of us it's a long weekend. The Graham's, some continued as they could with some type of normalcy. The children went back to school, some needed a day or two to process what happened. Dad (Mike) could not return back to work so that he may make all the necessary phone calls to get his family situated, he met with adjusters. He returned back to his home with his mom to salvage the few things that he could (unfortunately this was just a trunk load of memorabilias). Mike removed the only car that he had from his late father to a safe location (worried about the structure of the floor above... he needed to save it). Mom (Bridgit), spent hours at the Lake Shawnee Clubhouse sorting through clothing that was donated for her family. Cleaning up and bagging any clothes that did not fit... these clothes went to the Les--- Family that lost their house just two days after in Sparta (Lauren, a resident of Lake Shawnee had been staying with her family at the Sparta home during this time). Bridgit is trying to return to some sort of normalcy with ordering a new Girl Scout vest for their youngest Daisy which Bridgit is a Troop Leader for. The family was displaced for a few days... this weekend, they will be together for the first time since they lost their home. They are working with a realtor to find temporary housing for all seven of the family members. They will be rebuilding their home... this will be a very long process and I'm sure for them it will feel like an eternity. The family has been completely overwhelmed with the generous donations of clothing and hygiene products. Personally, I've never seen a "community" come together so quickly to respond to the needs of others. At 8am the post of "needed" items was listed. Originally the clubhouse was to stay open for donations until 5pm that night, but because the response was immediate, as if there was no hesitation to pack up what people had to "want" to give this family, we had to stop all donations at noon. Just four hours and people were coming from everywhere to give to the Graham's. They thank you from the bottom of their hearts. They had no idea that so many people knew them or about them.
The next week will still be remembering what used to be their belongings so that they may claim all that they lost and rebuild.
They did lose a friend and loved one... Dusty. May he be resting in peace. We love you Dusty take care of Sam's bunny and Kobe's lizard.
Thank you to those that contributed with coffee, hot cocoa, bagels and donuts for the emergency services. As an Auxiliary member for JTFD #2, I personally know that the firefighters truly appreciated it. It was a cold morning that started for some at 4:50am.
Thank you to the ladies in Lake Shawnee that were driving aroud to see what was going on and stopped me to see what was going on. They overheard what was needed for the emergency service crew and asked if they could follow me to get coffees as their contribution.
We all love this community and township. The Graham's will be rebuilding with your help and are forever greatful.
Thank you for your support!
The Carroll Family
Ormond Merino: just imagine, for a second, 4 adults (you are one of them) and 3 children ages 7-17, all with nothing, nothing but the pjs and underwear they had on when they escaped their home fully engulfed in flames. How would you spend donations? How would donations make a difference for you and yours? Also, whether any more fire photos are posted is not for you to say or comment on. This entire tragedy is somewhat of an incredibly scared loss, their loss.
Ormond Merino: i sincerely apologize for how I took your comments, as you explain it was not what you meant. May this be a lesson to both of us, how the digital written word is easily misconstrued. Be aware of what gets written and be aware of how it gets interpreted.
I think there was a misunderstanding on your part Kris, Ormond was merely asking how this Crowd Sourcing site was working. He didn't question what the family was doing with the raised funds..... I hardly think he would speak ill especially when he donated here and is also donating at the local Crossfit gym for this family. Good rapport would have been to ask him to clarify....anger is a quick response, we need more understanding
Good Lord. If you merge my two comments (clicked too fast) you'll get the context that I was asking what areas the campaign has already helped with, which would tell us where the gaps are - so we can provide additional help if possible.
Also want to know if we can help more.