Written on: May 22, 2015
On a very cold winter night in the North Country, -20º, I sat eating supper, watching TV and being watched by my pets, Peace and Quiet.
However, the next morning the news showed that less than a mile away there had been a house fire. At the time when I was so comfortable, my Amish neighbors’ house burned. All of their belongings were destroyed. The good news was none of the eleven children or parents was hurt. Even their little guard dog “Queeny” was saved.
Their neighbors across the road took the family into their home.I spent that day making phone calls and collecting for the Millers, Mary,Joseph and the eleven children- even Queeny! Neighbors left all kinds of items. We delivered sleeping bags, comforters, boots, socks, snacks and even dog food. After several attemps we were able to reach the manager of Lowes’ Store. He delivered gloves, snacks and drinks to the Millers. Five fire departments responded to the fire. Ogdensburg Fire Department came with tankers of water.
As I reflect on the results of my own efforts and those of my neighbors, I was reminded of the many times St. Marguerite came to the rescue of those in need of assistance. Please continue to “come to the rescue” with your prayers as the family rebuilds.
This story was submitted by Sister Joan McElwain, GNSH.