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Community Bands Together to Benefit Savage Family Feb. 12


The mold damage discovered in the Smith home.

Bryan and Michelle Smith, along with their children Raigan and Trael, found out some devastating news the first week in January 2017. It started when 13-year-old Raigan discovered a large amount of frost coming out of her closet on the second floor of their home. After further investigation they also found frost in 5-year-old Trael's closet as well. The Smiths then discovered that their attic was completely full of frost and water. Upon removing sheet rock and insulation the damage was starting to become clear. Black mold extended from the attic, through the walls, all the way down to the main floor of the home.

The 104 year old home has been in the family for five generations and Michelle has lived there for 45 years. "It was one of the first four original buildings built in Savage," said Bryan. The apparent cause of the damage is lack of ventilation. The family now has to rent a trailer home while contractors and the insurance company decide what action will be taken. The home is likely going to be demolished due to the extensive damage and the home's age.

In learning of the Smith's plight Debi Basta and other residents of Savage decided to step in to help. "Someone needed to do something," stated Basta. "Whenever someone needs help they are the first ones to be there. The response has been overwhelming."

The Smith family (L-R) Michelle, Trael, Bryan and Raigan.

Basta and other Savage residents are organizing a benefit for the family to pay expenses that will not be covered by insurance. The benefit will take place Feb. 12 from noon to 4 pm at the Savage community hall. There will be a silent auction, free will donation luncheon and bucket for cards & money donations.

Silent auction items and other donations can be dropped off with Cara Nelson at Farm Bureau Insurance in Sidney at 302 W Main St. Receipts will be available if needed. They ask that all silent auction donations be made by Feb. 3 to make time to prepare them for the benefit. For more information contact Debi Basta at 406-798-3391.


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