Red Cross Club helps another local family after fire

Red Cross Club helps another local family after fire

By Sammi Yelkin Lincoln High’s Red Cross Club held its second fundraiser this year for a local family, the Dyers, who recently suffered a fire in their home that was caused by a kerosene lamp that was knocked over. It ignited clothes and papers, gutting out the whole upstairs of the house. The Dyers have

Right to Left: Red Cross Club Sponsor Richard Jackson, Rian Quinn, Andy Ngo, and Cheyanna Kempel present a check for $525 to the Dyer family (Penny Dyer, Jason Dyer, and daughter Shavonne) whose house was destroyed by a fire on Oct. 26, 2011.

By Sammi Yelkin

Lincoln High’s Red Cross Club held its second fundraiser this year for a local family, the Dyers, who recently suffered a fire in their home that was caused by a kerosene lamp that was knocked over. It ignited clothes and papers, gutting out the whole upstairs of the house.

The Dyers have two daughters that attend Lincoln High, a junior and a freshman. Red Cross had helped a family in need after a drastic fire earlier this year. “We just helped another family recently, the Jones’, and they didn’t have any kids attending Lincoln High, but the Dyers did. We wanted to make sure that we helped them,” Red Cross Club sponsor Richard Jackson said.

The family moved out of the house because of all of the soot and damage that the firefighters caused when they were putting out the fire. The family is now living with one of the parents’ mother. “The family is not in the home at the present because the home is pretty much condemned,” Jackson said, “I also went by the home to see if I could see anything, but I couldn’t even get past the front door.” Red Cross decided to leap in and raise funds for the Dyers as soon as possible. LHS Special Education teacher Robin Dowd contacted the parents to see what all they needed. In the fire the family lost clothing, furniture and much more. Since they needed almost everything back, Red Cross Club decided to hold a fundraiser.

“Our goal was to do whatever we could for them,” Jackson said. The initial goal was to raise $500. The club collected for three days during A and B lunch. “We only got to collect from freshmen and sophomores, because pretty much juniors and seniors go out for lunch. So we got permission to raise money through Advisories,” Jackson states. The club ended up collecting over $525.

“I think for the Jones family it was easier because school had just started and no one was doing much at the time, but this one is different because, as you know, there are a lot of fundraisers going on right now,”  Jackson said as a reason why they didn’t collect as much money as they did for the Jones’.

The check was presented to the Dyers on November 11, 2011, in Lincoln High’s very own media center at 1:30 p.m.  Jackson proudly complemented the students and staff at LHS.  “The thing I like about Lincoln High is they do a lot of charitable work, all the clubs do.”

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