Samaritans keep family warm
January 10, 2013
While no culprits have been identified in an
alleged theft of a family's supply of firewood,
their future is once again warm thanks to
several Good Samaritans who stepped up and
replenished the woodpile.
News Bonners Ferry learned of the incident
Monday morning, when Misty Reader, who lives on
Highway 95 south of Naples with her three
children and disabled mother, wrote about the
theft of a month's supply of firewood, and
worried how she'd be able to keep the family
warm through next payday in early February.
We published an article
that morning, and it wasn't long before help
"The first person who brought me wood was Dave
Winfield," Misty said. "He got a call from his
wife who was at work and saw your article on
newsbf. She called her husband and told him to
read the article and she told him she thought
they should donate a truckload to us 'cause she
didn't want my mom or my kids to be cold."
Then she received a call yesterday from old
family friend Ed Stephens, asking her for
directions to her home so he could deliver a
cord of wood that had been purchased for the
family. He pulled in with a load of firewood a
short time later.
"When Ed got here he told me the gentleman's
name was Jack Flinn, and that he read your
article and wanted to pay Ed for a cord of
firewood and wanted it delivered to my house,"
she said. "I'm just shocked and amazed that
people I don't even know would care so much!"
Misty said her mother cried when the firewood
was delivered and stacked, and that their faith
in people and in the community has been renewed.
"I'm happy that this has had such a good
ending," Misty said, "and I pray all the
publicity about this will stop the thieves from
doing this again. Everyone who helped my family
are true angels and we are very blessed to have
them want to help. The caring and compassion is
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