Detailed story on family who lost children:
Services will be tomorrow in Slidell.
I'm going to guess that I'm not the only one who feels that this incident is simply too heart-wrenching to attempt to express in words. I still haven't brought myself to read the article. I suppose it's selfish to allow myself to look only upon my own potential losses and tragedies and to not allow room for something such as this. But we all appear to have limits when it comes to our ability to psychologically digest such things and I'm going to guess I'm not the only who who finds this event drastically exceeds my current abilities.
Thank you for this, Jo. I hope in the very near future I can find it in myself to buffer my psychological strengths and allow myself to move through this rather than cowering and turning my eyes away.
There is no need to read the article. They filmed the mother in her grief. It is invasive and unnecessary. I understand the difficulty in reading it. I had to and really, I'm just trying to chronicle it for myself and those who asked privately.
I'm am pleased, though, to report that the community is reaching out to the family with great compassion.
This weekend there was a terrible, indescribable tragedy in my community. A client's home caught fire while 4 of her 5 children were home sleeping. (One was sleeping out.) The 4 children perished in the fire, one adult is in critical condition.
For those of you who helped with the HUGS program and other donations to the Center, I want to tell you about where some of your donations have just gone and what a difference you can make in people's lives when they hurt.
We are still learning about the deep needs this family will have. But so far, food, clothing, gift cards, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, coats, shoes, and personal items like toothbrushes and shampoo, etc... I helped pack the bags that went out. I placed inside hats that a VR member knitted, sleep pants that a VR member shipped, $100 in gift cards, purchased with donation money that VR members regularly contribute. Some of the food came from the fundraiser that VR members helped support.
There will be much much more needed for this family, but thanks in part to your generous hearts, the Center is able to walk pretty far with this family as their further needs present. Please add them to your prayers and the Center as we try to assist with incomprehensible loss and grief. It's a great pleasure to have "held hands" with so many of you as you've blessed the ministry and the lives of those you touched in small ways and in big.
Is there a site that we can go to with information on how to make donations?
Information is sketchy now because it's still new. It is my understanding that Capital One bank in Lacombe, LA is collecting funds to assist with the funeral costs. We can also receive donations to assist them, as long as you indicate on the donation that it is dedicated to the Perkins family in Lacombe. If you would like more information, please message me.
This is the article: Fatal fire
What a tragic thing to go through.
This kind of thing leaves me almost too scared to comment -- afraid my feelings of anguish and sympathy are insufficient or nearly meaningless. In many ways perhaps they are meaningless. It doesn't fix the home and it certainly doesn't bring anyone's life back. It's tragic and gut-wrenching and the only good is that people are so willing to step up and do what they can do to try to lessen the lingering suffering to what small degree they can. Without people who are willing to help people, what really is left?
i cannot imagine a bigger tragedy for a family than losing children and home in a fire or any other disaster or event. i have witnessed first hand the devastation caused to the survivors.
my thoughts with the family. i hope their family, friends, neighbors and local organizations can help them through this extremely terrible time.
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