Help For the Yoder Family House Fire

For: Kelley and Mike Yoder
Ashburnham, MA
Organizer: Kirstin Mitton
$12,879
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 167 donors
64% Complete
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The Story

The Yoder family has had a devastating blow tonight, in that their garage and part of their house has been lost to a fire. They also have water and smoke damage to other parts of the house. Kelley and Mike are amazing parents to 8 beautiful children ranging in ages of 13 to 5 months old. Thankfully they were able to escape safely, but most without having time to even put shoes or coats on. Their livelihood to support their family is Mike's landscaping company, Yoder Landscaping. He is the hardest worker I know and has lost most of his equipment to the fire as well. This family is the first to help ANYONE in need and never asking for anything in return. They are incredibly generous in so many ways. It will be a while before they have a livable home to stay in. My hopes in making this fundraiser is to help them with food, clothes, immediate baby gear/furniture, toiletries, and hopefully towards anything else they may need in the immediate and near future while they get back on their feet. They have a home to rebuild and Mike especially needs to be able to support his family while waiting for insurance to go over things. We have amazing communities around us and I know we can help them. They are understandably in shock right now and will no doubt need time and space to grieve the loss of their home. Please share this cause and help the Yoder family!

http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/breakingnews/ci_30732624/firefighters-work-over-an-hour-battling-blaze-at

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 28, 2017

Posted on January 28, 2017

Photos from the fire 😞

Posted on January 27, 2017

Posted on January 27, 2017

The Yoders are in the temporary mobile homes! Here's Kelley's Facebook post. :) Thank you all again for our love and support in so many ways!! They are one step closer to being able to work on the house to make it livable again!

"It's hard to explain the feeling of not being able to go home. Not being able to relax in the safe, cozy space where you leave your troubles at the door. To curl up on your couch and let the heaviness of the world leave you. It's been so very hard not having that. Each day, however, brings us one step closer to rebuilding. Today our temporary housing was delivered. It's nothing fancy, just two mobile homes parked next to each other. But they are parked in our backyard, on our land, next to our house that we love so very much. Our kids can once again run down the driveway when they get off the bus, they can build snowmen and make forts in our snow. I can kiss them all goodnight as they sleep in bedrooms not far from their own. We may not be in our home but we are home and that's an amazing feeling to have."

Posted on January 21, 2017

Posted on January 21, 2017

Hello friends!

So many are still asking what may be needed for the Yoders. They still have a long road ahead of them. Their immediate needs in the sense of winter gear/boots, clothing etc seem to be met currently...you guys are amazing!! I can update as needed in regard to that.

When they are able to get more long term, temporary housing (hopefully soon), their needs will also include paper goods: paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, clorox wipes, trash bags etc. The LAST thing Kelley and Mike should have to deal with in all the chaos is washing dishes after all their meals for their huge family. They also will be in need of a few laundry baskets, new twins sheets and blankets, new pillows and new towels. Also, as you can imagine....that many kiddos go through a lot of snacks, juices and water. Any of that is a great idea too.

Drop off is 66 Stagecoach Rd, Leominster or I am happy to meet up with anyone that doesn't want to go that far. Also, Blossoming Buds Daycare 33 Main Street Ashburnham is happy to take things as well.

Thank you so very much!!

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