This year has been full of wonderful things for the Big Four Foundation, as we continue to help people in our community, our season of giving never ends.
Many of you know of the fire that took place here in Sidney, on the corner of Walnut and Michigan streets. The stories of children being dropped from the burning home second story windows and the loss of a life, as well as a few four legged family members are heart wrenching. A family has been left with nothing during what should be a happy giving season. The Big Four Foundation went into action and immediately began trying to find contacts and people that could lead us in the right direction. With the help of Chris North, and his connection to a generous amazing person, Amy O'Leary Sprague, we have bought more time in the hotel for this family to continue to put the pieces back together. This family needs our help in ways that I cannot count, or even imagine. They abandoned their burning home with nothing, and are now tasked with putting it all back together again.
This is where we come in. As a community, as a group of thoughtful, helpful citizens, we can give this family a piece of hope. We can't make things the way that they were, but we can try to help ease the burden a little, and let them take a breath.
There are five children involved. Kerrigan is 12 and wears size 16 youth or 1 woman's pants, medium shirts, and size 7 shoe. Brendan is 10 and wears a size 10 pants, large shirts, and size 6 shoe. Landan is 8 and wears size 8 pants, large shirts, and size 2 shoe. Aidan is 7 and wears size 8 pants, large shirts, and 2 shoe. Noah is 7 and wears size 7 pants, medium shirts, and 13 shoe. I cannot find the information right now about the adult sizes, I know XXL for shirts and L shirts would help. Brenda Rowe has a donation account setup at US Bank in her name to donate funds for the family. You can also donate funds directly to the Big Four Foundation and we will get those funds to them as well. Any help is welcome. Dishes, furniture, hygiene items, anything that you can think of that is needed on a daily basis, they don't have it. There is a drop off for clothing at the Salvation Army in Sidney on Buckeye. Dave Deam graciously offered up the Parker Store on Michigan Ave. in the plaza as a drop off point for items as well.
The family should hopefully have a place to live soon, and will begin to put their life back together. May we all find it in our hearts to let them know that they are not alone. Giving is truly better than receiving during this time of year, and our community is big enough and strong enough to help anyone overcome!
Monetary donations to the Big Four Foundation are always welcome as we still have funds to give to the Owens family in their support of Austin. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 937-726-8524.