House Fire Collection

$1,935 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 38 people in 40 months
On the hottest day of this summer, Saturday, July 18, 2015, while Craig Reppert, Lori Reppert, and Jennifer VanderSlik were attending Craig's company picnic in Coopersville, their family home was struck by lightning during a severe morning storm. 

Their family home ignited in flames, and it was destroyed.  It does not even look like anything can be salvagable.  

Craig, Lori, and Jennifer are staying in a hotel.  They have nothing.  They even lost a family pet, Kitten, in the fire.  

They are a wonderful and kind family.  They are the sort of people who are always thinking of others.  

Today, they need US to think about them.  

If at all possible, please make an important contribution during this emotional and stressful time.
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Today, I actually had the opportunity to have breakfast with Jennifer VanderSlik.

Her family is still staying in a hotel, but the insurance company did find an acceptable rental property.

They also have a contractor to work on the house. This time around, the house can be rebuilt to accommodate Lori Reppert's MS so that everything is accessible.

I asked Jennifer about their needs. They are thankful for everything. For those who don't want to donate via gofundme, we'll work on creating a local bank account.

I learned a lot about the value of insurance when talking to Jen -- even natural disasters.

Please continue to help to reach the final goal of $2,500.

Thank you! -Greta
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Today, I received a message from Lori (Jennifer's mom).

"Thank you for all you are doing to help us. I feel blessed to know you and consider you a loving caring friend."

When I read that, it really makes me realize how wonderful our community is. Thank you for donating and spreading the word. We're at $1,815. I am hoping to hit $2,500.

I also was relieved to see that Jennifer left with her Origami Owl "sisters" to their product retreat. Jen sells Origami Owl, and for a moment, I didn't think that she'd leave for the event. It's good to get away and do what you love doing.

Thanks again!
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I have seen so many traumatic events on Facebook lately, and so many folks are reaching into their pockets to support their "neighbors." I am incredibly sorry for those who have lost loved ones, family pets, and homes.

I did receive an update from Jennifer VanderSlik about living arrangements:

"They just extended our stay at the hotel through the end of August while they look for a house for us."

In the meantime, I have been asked about clothing, furniture, and other household items. Jennifer said to wait until they are in a more "permanent" place because there is no room at the hotel.

I will continue to remain in contact with those who wish to donate other than anything financial -- as their needs become more apparent.

Thank you so much for your support.
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I asked Jennifer about an update and what they need, etc. Please read down below.

"So, we are here at the hotel in GR with a checkout date at this time of Thursday (we don't know where we'll be after that yet). As far as, furniture, clothes etc., we will need things eventually, but we don't know what yet because we don't know where we are going to end up yet. Also, we don't have room to store anything until we have something more permanent."

Tomorrow, they will return to the house with the insurance adjuster. They have also had difficulties with the insurance paying for her mom's MS medications. They are still fighting over some of this. Therefore, the most helpful contribution would be financial.
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$1,935 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 38 people in 40 months
Created July 18, 2015
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Patti C
40 months ago

I can't imagine going through this. From 1 owl to another, my thoughts are with you.

40 months ago
Becky Holland-Wilk
40 months ago

Craig, praying and sending hugs for you and your family!

Linda DeVries
40 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

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