Dinner to benefit Effingham family set for April 29


April 14, 2011
EFFINGHAM — With the support of selectmen here, a group of concerned citizens in conjunction with the fire department will be hosting a fundraiser dinner April 29 to help the Hale family, whose house was destroyed by fire last month.

Scott and BillieSue Hale and their two young boys were at church when they got the devastating news that their house burned to the ground on March 27. The community quickly rallied around the family and the family is staying with friends in town, moving from one house to the next so as not to burden one family for too long. Donations of clothing and household items have poured in and a friend donated a storage unit to store donated items they have received.

Though always tragic when anyone loses all of their belongings to a fire, the Hales also lost all of their pets in the blaze that was ruled of an unknown cause though not suspicious by the State Fire Marshal's office.

Community members have been especially touched by the struggles that this young family has gone through in the past couple of years. Their youngest son had just turned three, celebrating it with a birthday party at the home. According to those close to the family, he has been particularly upset that all of his birthday toys were lost.

The day of the fire was the three-year anniversary of BillieSue's heart transplant and what should have been a day of celebration turned into sorrow. The family home was still under construction but had been finished enough to live in for the winter and the family was happy for that and able to move out of the large shed-type building they had been living in while they worked to build their home.

On April 29, the public is invited to a spaghetti dinner at Effingham Fire Station on Route 153 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost of the meal is $10 per family (up to five people) or $3 per person. The meal will include spaghetti, salad, and dessert. There will also be raffles during the event.

Anyone interested in donating food, raffle items, soliciting donations, or helping with the event is asked to call Cyndi Caulkins at 986-8957 or Leanne Leonard at 539-6087.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the family can do so by sending a check to Abundant Harvest Family Church, c/o Hale Family, PO Box 116, Union NH 03887.

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