Sunday, December 16, 2007

You'll be missed Eddie

There's a statistic out there that more people die during the "holiday season" than during the rest of the year. Honestly, every week in church so far this month we've had at least one (sometimes two or three) announcements of people in the neighborhood who have died.

One of those happened to be the father of a family I home teach. He'd been having a rough time and was just too frustrated with things and ended up taking his own life. Needless to say, his wife and kids are very broken up. His 10 year old daughter read an adorable poem to her daddy at the memorial service. I was totally choked up. It was very emotional. My wife helped collect money throughout the neighborhood to help take care of bills for the next little while. Various stores gave donations and many people stepped up to help out. I helped haul away a pair of broken washing machines on Saturday and by the next day I heard that another family in the ward had found them a replacement machine.

It's great to see people pull together to help out people in need...not just at Christmastime but all year long.

You'll be missed Eddie. So long.

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