"Overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness.”
Helping Family in Need
The Greene County Treasurer’s Office wanted to help a family in need, so Chief Deputy Sandy Brubaker reached out to Doris at the Salvation Army. “When Doris told us there was a family of 8 that had been living in a motel room for 3 months and had just moved into a house in Xenia, I knew we’d have to find some partners to help give them a holiday to remember,” said Sandy Brubaker, Chief Deputy Treasurer. With six kids 8 years of age and younger, the parents had told their children that Santa may not be able to make it their house for a couple months. “We couldn’t let that happen,” said Brubaker. Greene County Treasurer Dick Gould suggested asking the Recorder’s Office to partner with them and Chief Deputy Recorder Andrew Williams quickly agreed.
Over the next few weeks, employees of the two offices contributed money and gifts including boots, clothes and sheets for all of the kids, toys, a multitude of non-food items, and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
The Holiday Inn of Fairborn became an additional partner when Brubaker was telling Sales Manager Dianna Cordle about the family. In less than two days, hotel staff collected toys, a vacuum, kitchenware and gift cards from employees who wanted to help.
“It’s amazing how community members came together to help a family in need,” said Brubaker. The gifts were delivered this week to a very thankful family. “The mother told me she was overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness.”