Bob Rising lost his home to a chimney fire on Thanksgiving Day.
Today local residents organized a fundraiser to help Mr. Rising with the overwhelming expense of rebuilding and starting over.
We are friends with Bob's son, Skylar, and Laura Kenny, the gal who spearheaded the event. We were shocked by the news of the fire, and blessed by the stories of compassion and benevolence that have resulted.
I started the day by baking banana-coconut-chocolate chip mini muffins to be sold at the dessert table for this charity, which also included several tables of silent auction items, music, games, popcorn, karaoke, and a spaghetti dinner. It was an all-day affair that brought in neighbors, local pastors, business owners, family and friends.
Chris and I toured Bob's property this afternoon, which is located behind the town hall where the fundraiser was held. Mr. Rising was more than happy to show us around, and in talking with him, it was obvious this tragedy had been met with miracles and controversy.
While Bob is currently at odds with the city, at the same time he is receiving an abundance of donations and assistance, and he spoke to us about the kindness he has been shown. Bob is normally a recluse, but this experience has shown him how generous and loving a community can be, and has brought out his charm and sociable side.
In addition to his talk of miracles, my favorite quote, in reference to the many aid workers that came out during the blaze, was when Bob said, "I have never had that many people over to my house for Thanksgiving before!"