Update: Wednesday 11am:
For those interested in helping the Carter family both short and long-term, here are a couple community efforts:
The first is the Meal Train that’s being organized. For those unfamiliar with this online resource, MealTrain provides a great way of organizing group support efforts by providing a calender from which you can select a date to provide a meal. The site also provides info like family likes, dislikes, allergies, and drop-off information. Because everyone’s meal commitment is posted, it’s easy to ensure that the family isn’t eating lasagna for five nights in a row. You’ll need to register to gain access to the Carter page, but it’s simple to do.
Augmented information on the accounts opened at Baker Boyer Bank from Tara Lewis on the Carter family support page:
There are two bank accounts set up at Baker Boyer — one called “Rob Carter Family Donation” and the other is “Rob Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund”. You can make deposits at any Baker Boyer and please specify which account you want to donate to. For out of town friends/family, you can mail donations to Baker Boyer Bank C/O Charlotte Birdwell 320 N. Columbia Street Milton-Freewater 97862 Phone is (509-525-2000) for any questions.
*At this time, there isn’t a way to deposit online…I will check into paypal for that at a later time if there is a strong need for it.
**Thank you for your support of this amazing man’s family – he has left a legacy of goodness and kindness all over our town and we want to continue that any way possible!
A few final notes: The memorial service is Friday, 1pm, at the Milton Seventh-day Adventist church on North Elizabeth street (it’s between Elizabeth and the highway leading to Walla Walla, and accessible from both roads).
The Steve Birdwell Sr family is organizing the gathering after the service at the Junior show grounds. His contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is 938-3441. Please contact either one of us for volunteering or for food. Our number for the Birdwell Jr’s 509-629.0559. Thank you for the out pouring of support.
Posted Tuesday, 10pm
A friend of mine and fellow blogger posted a wonderful piece about how to help those who have lost a loved one. She speaks from experience–a few years ago she lost her husband unexpectedly. She offers up the kind of practical, earthy advice that answers the question many of us are asking–what can we do to help? I know I got some great ideas from this post. If you’ve ever wished you knew what to do for someone who was grieving, you need to read this post. Go on. I’ll wait.