Bear one another’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)
Two days ago, I posted the following note on my Facebook page, and initially, it was emailed it to the 7th grade families at my son’s school, St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School (SLDM), in Fishers, Indiana.
Over the weekend, SLDM teacher, Kelly Hauschild, who teaches 7th and 8th graders, suffered a house fire. She has a large family (7 in all) and they are now in a hotel until temporary housing can be secured. I am collecting money tomorrow morning in front of church before mass (I have a light blue minivan), and also in the narthex after mass for this family. In addition, I will be in the carpool line tomorrow afternoon (Wed. 14th). If any of you would like to make a contribution, I will add your generosity to our “gift card” fund. We are getting gift cards to a few restaurants as well as a superstore where she can get needed food, clothing, and household items as they are necessary in the next several weeks. I’m putting a short leash on the collection time frame so that I can get her the gift cards by Thursday. I realize that many of you have young children and haven’t met Kelly yet. As a parent of 2 children Kelly has taught the ins and outs of Algebra, Geometry and Religion over the past 3 years, I can tell you she is an outstanding and faith filled woman. I know she will be humbled and truly grateful for any support from the SLDM family. If you are unable to assist monetarily, that is absolutely fine. Your prayers will be needed and appreciated as well!! Feel free to pass this along to anyone you think who might like to help.
Now, it’s Thursday. Help came.
Will $3000 worth of gift cards and cash magically solve the challenges faced by the Hauschild family? Of course it won’t. They have months of recovery ahead of them, temporary housing to locate, a home to rebuild and a Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner that no longer looks as they wish and certainly not as they anticipated.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one. –Mother Teresa
A hastily gathered gift, given in love, will hopefully help bridge the gap until insurance paperwork and inevitable red tape leads to actual assistance, a temporary housing solution and life back on track. Kelly’s co-workers and the administration at SLDM are collecting funds, and clothing is being gathered as we speak for the children. When I saw Kelly and Jeff yesterday, her jacket covered in ashes from sifting through the damaged house, and him with a harrowing story of escaping the house during the fire, I could clearly see there will be an ongoing need for help. I am certain it will be forthcoming.
BUT. To me, here’s the silver lining.
Yesterday, in ONE DAY, with no time to think, the amazing people of St. Louis de Montfort wrapped Kelly, Jeff and their 5 children in love. They simply rolled down their car windows and emptied their wallets, no questions asked, to do what they can.
My beloved faith community– YOU were the face of Christ.
The Kingdom of God is among you. (LK 17:21).
One of my favorite authors and homilists, the charmingly abrasive Fr. Larry Richards, said this morning via Twitter, “We are to bring God’s kingdom to everyone—He is within you so show Him today!”
And that is just what you did, SLDM. I am so proud to call you friends. Nicely done.