It was a cold morning last Tuesday in West Point. When most families were making final preparations for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, Ed and Charity Walker were in Omaha, visiting their 18-year-old daughter, Hope, who was critically injured the day before in a one-vehicle accident near West Point.
Back home in West Point, the Walker home and all of their personal belongings were being ruined by fire.
The family needs our help. Whether you know them or not, the Walkers call West Point home, and in the spirit of the season, we need to show that giving is, indeed, better than receiving.
Special funds have been set up at both F&M Bank and Wells Fargo Bank in West Point. Grace Lutheran Church and U.S. Cellular have agreed to be drop-off sites for those wanting to donate clothes and other personal items.
Prayers are also needed, as Hope remains in critical condition.
To date, the community and others in the area have already begun to rally to support the Walkers, for which the family is grateful. Much more is needed, and we’re confident the community will pull through.
And we pray the next news the Walkers receive about their daughter is good.
The fire in West Point was the third in Cuming County in December in which a family lost a home and possessions. The other two families shouldn’t be forgotten.
On Dec. 10 the Beemer and Wisner fire departments were called to the Phillip Martin family home northwest of Beemer. Most of the family’s belongings were lost. A fund for them was set up at First Community Bank, Beemer.
In Wisner, the Shane Dorris family lost many possessions in a fire in the home in which they were living. That fire occurred on Dec. 16.
Last night, one week after fighting the Walker house fire, West Point’s Volunteer Fire Department held its annual New Year’s Eve dance.
We again witnessed the men and women on West Point’s fire and rescue squads in action last week. On a cold, windy day, they worked to try and save the home and the family’s possessions, making sure they were all safe in the process.
A month or so prior to the dance the firemen sent out a letter asking for local residents to consider supporting them by buying tickets to the dance. If, by chance, you failed to return that envelope, we ask you to consider sending a little green their way this week. And don’t forget West Point Rescue, even though it doesn’t do a year-end fund raiser.
That West Point and surrounding communities have so many men and women willing and able to help on a moment’s notice is more than appreciable. The significance of their voluntarism can’t be understated.