My Little Hero! Sanford Harling

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“A hero is an ordinary person facing extraordinary circumstances and acting with courage, honor, and self-sacrifice”…

Tragically, on Friday, February 05, 2016, the life of Sanford Harling III was cut short. Sanford died after running into their burning home in an attempt to save his father. He never made it back out. 

Born on June 6, 2003, Sanford, also known as “Man Man”, was only 12 year old and a member of our Norristown Youth Eagles football family. In 2015, he played on the 6th grade team. On the football field, Sanford could be seen cheering on his teammates and praying for them. Off the field, his personality was bright and comical.

He is survived by his loving mother, Dana, his father Sanford, Jr., and his 8 siblings. Our goal is to raise money to help the family recover what they lost in the fire and to give Sanford the proper burial that a hero deserves. The entire home was a loss and we are hoping that our community will come together to ease this family’s pain during this difficult time. Any amount will help and 100% of the funds raised will go to the Harling family.

R.I.P. Sanford!
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Donors,

The Harling / Henderson family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for all of your generous donations, words of encouragement and support throughout this challenging time. In losing their home, possessions and most importantly, their beloved Sanford Harling III, the weeks after have been very difficult for the family.

In good faith, you have all responded and responded quickly in raising funds which will now allow the family to rebuild and transition into the next chapter of their lives. Locally, regionally, nationally and internationally this campaign will forever stick with the Harling / Henderson family and remind them that they are loved from far and wide. It will also remind them that the courageous acts of “Man Man” Sanford Harling III have motivated others all over the world and truly outlined what a real Hero is!

As the GoFundMe page is now closed and no longer receiving donations, the Norristown Youth Eagles, Inc. Football and Cheer Program will be serving as the Financial Administrator under my leadership as the Community Relations Board Member. With the GoFundMe total exceeding the goal of 25K and reaching $41,865.00, we are thankful and optimistic for the family.

In result, we will be paying the Funeral Home and Family Repast caterering costs associated via check. We will then issue two checks, one to the father, Sanford Harling Jr. and another to the mother, Dana Henderson splitting the remaining difference of all funds donated. We will continue to work alongside the family as Mr. Harling is recovering in the hospital and Mrs. Henderson is working toward finding stable housing through our local county agency.

Again, thank you for your trust and allowing us to assist this family in need. This would not be possible without you all. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at www.norristownyoutheagles.com

Thankfully,

Hakim K. Jones (Community Relations Board Member)
&
Norristown Youth Eagles Board of Directors


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Hundreds descended on the Christian Network Outreach United Church of Christ on Swede street Saturday morning to celebrate the life of a hero! Sanford Harling III "Man Man" was celebrated and laid to rest on February 13, 2016.

Thank you to the Norristown Fire Department, who wrapped its arms around the family and helped give Sanford a well deserved transport and home going service. Thank you to the local community members from far and wide who worked alongside of the family in various capacities. Thank you to the Norristown Youth Eagles Football and Cheer Program, Crisis Response Team, Norristown Area School District, local non-profits, Elected officials, American Red Cross and Norristown Ministerium for coming to the aid of the family. Thank you to the media / news outlets who did an amazing job on covering this heroic time and Heroic Person in Man Man, while giving the family a great level of respect and space during a difficult time.

Most importantly, thank you donors for your financial contribution and willingness to support our efforts. Together, we have nearly doubled our expectation and it shows how much our Little Hero means to not just the local community but international community. Our job as a Football and Cheer Program is to be there for our youth and families, not just on the field but in everyday life! Without you, assisting this family would not have been possible.

The Harling / Henderson family is forever grateful and would like to thank all of you for your kindness and assistance through one of the most difficult times the family has ever faced. This fundraiser and all of your generous donations will now assist the family in getting back on their feet and transitioning into the next phase of life without their beloved Man Man.

Again, thank you! Be blessed and know that you truly made a difference in many lives!

Norristown Youth Eagles, Inc
Board of Directors
www.norristownyoutheagles.com
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Friends, family and caring strangers from far and wide, the support coming in nationally has been outstanding. We are quickly approaching our goal of $25,000 and will allow the donations to keep coming! We will not increase the goal amount in respect to our initial target which was unpredictable but quicky approached! This does not mean you cannot donate or should stop sharing.

Please continue to share this page as the Harling/ Henderson family cannot compare any amount of funds to the loss of their beloved Sanford but will be grateful in their quest of starting over, planning a service, covering medical expenses and finding a new home.

This page will continue to be transparent and ran with dignity and trustworthiness. Thank you all again and please feel free to email our program at norristownyoutheagles@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Norristown Youth Eagles, Inc
Board of Directors
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Community from far and wide, thank you for all of the support! We can report that the family is safe and has accomodations for the next few days. Please continue to share the link as the family will need to put Sanford to rest and find permanent housing. You are all amazing and the family is very appreciated!

Norristown Youth Eagles Board of Directors
#38 will be missed! RIP Man Man!
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Khadija Clarke
29 months ago
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Thank you all so much for helping my cousin in her time of need....everything is greatly appreciated

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Colleen Cox McNally
29 months ago
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We do not always understand God's plan, we must have faith and know that your loved one is embraced by the Lord. As we all share in your pain know that so many are praying for you and all who knew your sweet, amazing and heroic son.

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Ralph Henderson
29 months ago
6
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Thanks. For helping my lil cousin

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Gina Whitby
29 months ago
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My thoughts and prayers are with you. Xoxo This is amazing to see the amount of love this community has shown.. No amount of money will ever be enough.. The perfect way to honnor a Hero!!!Fly High little on..

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Ericka VanBuren
29 months ago
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We pray that Man Man is at peace with his Father, and that you all are able to find comfort in the memories you carry of him. We will miss him dearly. Love and condolences, The Johnson Family (Your neighbors across the alley) #WUMU

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Kimberley Ann Horvath-Stingle
29 months ago
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the Harling family. My heart is heavy with sadness from your loss of this selfless boy. Man Man Rest In Peace My Little Hero.

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Robert Bookman
29 months ago
2
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Rest in peace little hero and may god bless his family!!

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Shera Fancy Baity
29 months ago
2
2

Thank you everyone for the help. My family appreciates it.

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Nerian Marie Robles
29 months ago
2
2

Wow no words he's a hero a angel that god call soon so sorry for ur loss it's hard ..... Rest easy baby boy...

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Kathleen Pretti
29 months ago
2
2

My prayers are with "Man-man's" family and friends as they deal with his loss. God Bless his soul. ♥

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Waunita Miles
29 months ago
2
2

My heart truly goes out to the family.

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Portia Henderson-Chaney
29 months ago
1
1

My niece Dana & her husband Sanford Jr, is so deeply hurting at this time. The family truly appreciate how people are helping them at this time of need

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Jennifer White
29 months ago
1
1

We are so sorry for ur loss. Man man will forever be in our hearts. We love you Dana and Sam. We are here for you always. Xoxox

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Miriam A. Baker
29 months ago
1
1

Continued Prayers, Love, & Hugs For Your Family!

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Yahaira Morales
29 months ago
1
1

Es terrible la muerte de esa manera nadie merece morir a si y mucho menos un niño. Dios le de mucha fortaleza a toda su familia para soporta esa pérdida. Descanse en paz.

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Alecia Masters
29 months ago
1
1

Heaven earned a brave angel.

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Tamya Brown
29 months ago
1
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So sad rest easy

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Blanca Echevarria
29 months ago
1
1

God Bless his family. God gained another Angel...

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Christa Benn
29 months ago
1
1

God bless your family and you will forever be in my prayers. He is now woth our father in heaven, the great I am. He was a beautiful child and I pray you get the healing you deserve. Sending lots of love and good vibes and prayers.

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Ralph DeAngelo
29 months ago

I have a nice kitchen table and chairs they can have..dont know how to contact

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I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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29 months ago

My thoughts & prayers are with the family

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Khadija Clarke
29 months ago
7
7

Thank you all so much for helping my cousin in her time of need....everything is greatly appreciated

+ Read More
Colleen Cox McNally
29 months ago
6
6

We do not always understand God's plan, we must have faith and know that your loved one is embraced by the Lord. As we all share in your pain know that so many are praying for you and all who knew your sweet, amazing and heroic son.

+ Read More
Ralph Henderson
29 months ago
6
6

Thanks. For helping my lil cousin

+ Read More
Gina Whitby
29 months ago
2
2

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Xoxo This is amazing to see the amount of love this community has shown.. No amount of money will ever be enough.. The perfect way to honnor a Hero!!!Fly High little on..

+ Read More
Ericka VanBuren
29 months ago
2
2

We pray that Man Man is at peace with his Father, and that you all are able to find comfort in the memories you carry of him. We will miss him dearly. Love and condolences, The Johnson Family (Your neighbors across the alley) #WUMU

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Kimberley Ann Horvath-Stingle
29 months ago
2
2

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Harling family. My heart is heavy with sadness from your loss of this selfless boy. Man Man Rest In Peace My Little Hero.

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Robert Bookman
29 months ago
2
2

Rest in peace little hero and may god bless his family!!

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Shera Fancy Baity
29 months ago
2
2

Thank you everyone for the help. My family appreciates it.

+ Read More
Nerian Marie Robles
29 months ago
2
2

Wow no words he's a hero a angel that god call soon so sorry for ur loss it's hard ..... Rest easy baby boy...

+ Read More
Kathleen Pretti
29 months ago
2
2

My prayers are with "Man-man's" family and friends as they deal with his loss. God Bless his soul. ♥

+ Read More
Waunita Miles
29 months ago
2
2

My heart truly goes out to the family.

+ Read More
Portia Henderson-Chaney
29 months ago
1
1

My niece Dana & her husband Sanford Jr, is so deeply hurting at this time. The family truly appreciate how people are helping them at this time of need

+ Read More
Jennifer White
29 months ago
1
1

We are so sorry for ur loss. Man man will forever be in our hearts. We love you Dana and Sam. We are here for you always. Xoxox

+ Read More
Miriam A. Baker
29 months ago
1
1

Continued Prayers, Love, & Hugs For Your Family!

+ Read More
Yahaira Morales
29 months ago
1
1

Es terrible la muerte de esa manera nadie merece morir a si y mucho menos un niño. Dios le de mucha fortaleza a toda su familia para soporta esa pérdida. Descanse en paz.

+ Read More
Alecia Masters
29 months ago
1
1

Heaven earned a brave angel.

+ Read More
Tamya Brown
29 months ago
1
1

So sad rest easy

+ Read More
Blanca Echevarria
29 months ago
1
1

God Bless his family. God gained another Angel...

+ Read More
Christa Benn
29 months ago
1
1

God bless your family and you will forever be in my prayers. He is now woth our father in heaven, the great I am. He was a beautiful child and I pray you get the healing you deserve. Sending lots of love and good vibes and prayers.

+ Read More
Ralph DeAngelo
29 months ago

I have a nice kitchen table and chairs they can have..dont know how to contact

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