EASTON — Eastern Shore American Legion posts are getting in on the effort to aid the Peterson family, whose house burned in a fire sparked by Hurricane Sandy’s destruction.
Friends and neighbors already established the “Peterson Benevolence Fund,” to which donations may be made by writing the name of the fund in a memo on a check and sending it to First Wesleyan Church, 620 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601.
Sam Reeder, commander of American Legion Post 296, saw the story of the fire in The Star Democrat Wednesday morning and said he decided the American Legion immediately needed to help.
So Reeder made phone calls Wednesday morning to his officers to see if there was any money in the American Legion’s funds to donate to the family.
After Reeder discussed the situation with various financial officers and committee members, they came up with $2,000 to give to the family.
“I just dropped a check off to them to get cash into their hands immediately, so they can get their lives back in order,” Reeder said.
Reeder said since the Peterson family is a military family, they probably don’t come from a rich background, so it was important the community help.
“They’ve lost everything. They’re in dire need of help,” he said. “They literally ran out of the house with nothing.”
Though the community has already stepped up to help the Peterson family with the established fund, Reeder said he’s trying to take it a step further.
Reeder, a veteran himself, said he lost just about
everything he had to a fire years ago, so he sympathized with the Peterson family.
He said he got help from the community when the fire destroyed his home and it meant a lot to him.
“It gives you heart in the area for your fellow citizens,” Reeder said. “Starting over again is rough.”
Reeder said he wanted to get the Peterson family the money on Wednesday so they can start making moves to get their life back together.
Now, Reeder said the family will have money to at least put down on rent for a new home, food and clothes.
People may donate to the American Legion Post 296, 6200 Main St., Queenstown, MD 21658, but Reeder said the money would get to the Peterson family faster if people donate to the established “Peterson Benevolence Fund,” c/o First Wesleyan Church, 620 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601.