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Friday, February 1, 2013

Tragedy nearby

A lot has been weighing on my mind lately. However, this morning I heard about a tragedy not too far from home. A home caught fire causing two children to die so early in life. At ages 6 and 3, they had barely begun to live.

Thinking about my children, ages 10 and 7, I could not imagine the pain that these parents are enduring. When my two come home from school this afternoon, there will be no play dates. At least not until I have the opportunity to give them likely the tightest hugs I can imagine.


From Facebook
Following that, I am going to ensure that all of our emergency plans are up to date. Do the kids know what to do in the event of an emergency? Are the batteries still good in our smoke detectors? I have never even checked to see whether our fire extinguishers are good.

I don't know what caused this fire nor am I aware whether the parents could have prevented the lifetime of pain they will surely sustain, but you can bet that we will be as prepared as possible.

What can you do to help the family?

  • A drive has been established for the family of the victims. Their home was a total loss, so they are starting from ground zero. All household items are needed as well as clothes size 6-months and size 8 (children's). Other sizes can be found on the Frederick News-Post page listed below. Donations can be brought to:
  • Chick-fil-A on 5501 Urbana Pike will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 4 PM - 8 PM. 25% of all proceeds will be donated to the family.
  • Frederick County Bank has created the Lillard Family Recovery Fund.
  • Donate through Give Forward.
  • Attend PicStamatic's photo fundraiser. 100% of all money will be donated to the Lillard family.
What can you do to help your family?
  • Ensure you have smoke alarms installed. See Home Depot's site for guidance.
  • Check to ensure you have a fire extinguisher and that you know how to use it.
  • Speak with your family, especially your kids on an emergency action plan.
From Facebook

Resources

Posting by CCMPCS - http://education.fcps.org/ccmpcs/node/1119

So many related things have been floating through my head, but this is where I will leave off.

Good night and love your family.
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