Thursday, November 3, 2011

Neighbors helping Neighbors

My sister Kathy and her family are the kind of people you hope are your neighbor or friend. They're generous, and they're doers.

When they learned that a neighbor boy was in the hospital unexpectedly she and her family didn't just sit back and do nothing. They kept in touch with the family to find out how their son was doing. She asked everyone she knew to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.

She listened when the worried mother expressed her fear and frustration with how her son was doing.  She felt sad when the mother told her they were staying at a hotel because the hospital was 45 minutes away from their home.

They were spending night after night in the hotel so they could spend more time by their sons bedside. 

The constant worry and financial burden were becoming difficult to deal with adding even more stress.

Kathy wanted to do something. But she wasn't sure what.

Then all the kids from the neighborhood had an idea. What if they organized a fundraiser to raise money? They knew that extra money for hotel bills would help take away some of the financial worry. And they knew which mom would take the idea and run with it.

My sister is not the type to sit back and do nothing.

So last Saturday they had a group of families gathered in front of their house washing cars, and selling cookies and lemonade. They spread the word on Facebook and by text messaging and calling everyone they knew.

The bake sale continued that evening at the local Haunted House.

By the end of the day they had raised $2,500 for the Wright family.


It gave me goosebumps when I read about how well they did.

She is a true friend. And an amazing sister. I am so proud of what they've done.

The local paper picked up the story and wrote about it. Hopefully they'll get even more donations to help Christian and his family. You can read the article here.

To help the Wright family financially, donors can write a check or contribute cash to the Christian Wright Benefit Account at any Rabobank branch. Checks can be mailed to the bank's Buellton branch:

Christian Wright Benefit Account
P.O. Box 225
Buellton, CA 93427

Thank you.


  1. This is the kind of neighborhood I'd love to be a part of! So sweet!

  2. I know, right? Plus my sister is awesome. And wicked funny. : )

  3. Wow! Thanks Kris! Just doing what felt right. Couldn't even begin to imagine how Christian's parents must feel day after day.

  4. Oh my gosh, how incredible! I heard someone say once that if everyone would just help the people in their path, we'd all be better off. And that's what she did - this family was in her path and she did something to help them. Wonderful!

  5. How awesome!!! Living in a good neighborhood is key!

  6. This is so awesome. Not many people would do this in today's world it seems. I hope the money they raised will help out the family.


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