, Salem, MA


December 28, 2013

Letter: Community did much for family, team

To the editor:

We would like to thank all of the firefighters in Hamilton and surrounding towns who did their best to save our house and some of our belongings this past spring. Although we lost the house, because of the kind, considerate firefighters, we were able to save some photos and memorabilia. All of the firefighters fought hard to save the house and were so empathetic to our family.

We appreciate the incredible amount of support, donations, thoughts and prayers we received from our community. At a time when we felt lost, this community found the way for us. Zach and I feel so grateful that we chose to live and raise our kids here on the North Shore. So many of you opened your homes to us. You delivered meals, gift cards and held a fundraiser. Your continued support as we build our home, while living in Ipswich, means so much.

While our kids miss their home and the security it provided, they continue to feel comfort from all of you. A special thank-you to Stone Soup and Pomodori’s for the fundraiser and meals!

We were blessed to have Syracuse basketball and the NBA draft to focus on when the fire happened. Again, the community was with us. We had so much fun celebrating the games and draft process with all of you. From the draft parties you threw to the restaurants naming drinks after Michael, it was a great time. At a time when we could have been overwhelmed with the loss of our home that we built, we were enjoying the ride to Michael’s dream with all of you. Thank you for turning what felt tragic into such a wonderful time in our lives. His success would not have been so enjoyable without all of you sharing it with us.

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