Manitobans were shocked to learn of a house fire that claimed the lives of four children near Kane in southern Manitoba February 25.
Soon after learning the news, Access Credit Union’s Morris and Lowe Farm Branch responded by setting up an account to accept donations for the survivors, Doralee Eberhardt and her husband Jake Froese, along with their three youngest children.
Contributions began pouring in from the surrounding community—but Access members weren’t alone. Assiniboine members started asking what they could do, too. “When tragedy strikes, people want to help,” said Gerry Campbell, Executive VP and Chief Member Services Officer for Assiniboine Credit Union. “It’s part of the co-operative spirit that makes both credit unions what they are.”
Assiniboine quickly set up a way to collect funds for the family. By the end of March, over $700 was donated by our members and sent to the Kane Fire Victims fund at the Access Lowe Farm Branch. The contributions will help the Froese family begin the difficult task of rebuilding their lives, as well as funeral costs for their four boys.
“Thank you to all the members that contributed financially and also a big THANK YOU to the Assiniboine Credit Union staff for taking the time to help,” said Dennis Matthies, Morris and Lowe Farm Branch Manager with Access Credit Union. “I know that the funds contributed by Assiniboine Credit Union members is greatly appreciated by the family. No amount of money can replace what the Froese family has lost, but I am sure it is the wish of all of us that the financial support being provided will be of help in some way.”