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Letter: Donate, volunteer to help out Orphan Grain Train

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From: Carrie Reed


My family and I lost our home to a fire in February 2011. We lost everything. I was standing there watching my house burn in disbelief. How quickly it can all be taken away. I was holding my youngest in a wet diaper. I could not change her in to a dry one because the diapers were in the house. My oldest just got off the bus hungry and ready for her afternoon snack. I could not give her one because the food was inside the house.

Neighbors came to our rescue and bought us diapers and take-out pizza while our house burned to the ground. One even gave me the coat off her back because it was cold and mine was inside the house. The Red Cross put us up in a motel room and recommended us to the Orphan Grain Train. Our car was the only thing we still possessed, so we drove over there one sunny afternoon.

After I showed our Red Cross card client to Mr. Wint, he made us feel welcome and showed us around this wonderful place. We were overwhelmed. Twenty-plus semitrailers filled with everything from silverware to DVD players. Mr. Wint told our children the toys were in two of the trailers, while my husband and I looked at the clothes and furniture.

It was all so unbelievable. There was no limit. We were able to replace our small kitchen appliances, even our bathroom rug. We got back on our feet with the help from this place that I never even heard of before the fire.

I encourage anyone to volunteer and give resources to help save this wonderful place that has helped so many others in a great time of need.

I will quote the original article, “Keeping this organization going strong is crucial to helping people in need, locally and abroad.”

This is very true. Many families that are victims of fires, domestic violence or sudden poverty will go in need if this place is not saved.

I will do my part, and I encourage all of Columbus to do the same. Save the Orphan Grain Train!

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