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Four Communities Come Together to Help Family after Tragedy

Griffiths Family PictureFour Mitchell and Lincoln County communities are working together to help a young family through a tragic loss.

Tim and Laura Griffiths and their four girls, December, 13, Emma and Clara, 8 and Montana, 4 were busy building a family and life together on Laura's grandparents' farm south of Hunter.

Tim was an electrician and plumber for Hake Hardware, Tipton, and Laura works part time at the Hunter Post Office along with other part time job to supplement their family's finances. The young couple was also active in the community, Tim as a volunteer fireman and Laura as a member on USD #299 school board. The family attends Trinity Lutheran Church, Hunter. The girls are involved with Sunday school and December is taking instructions to become a member of the church.

Tim lost his life in a tragic boating accident at Waconda Lake, Saturday, August 25, 2012 and now Laura faces both the financial burdens and emotional stress of providing for her family.

If asked, Laura will tell you that she and the girls are doing fine. Sure she has immediate financial concerns and wonders how she will be able to provide for post secondary education for the girls. But she knows it has been the prayers of people around her that have helped them get through day to day. She has a strong faith in God and says, "There is a reason behind what He has given me". Right now her priorities are to "keep my chin up, keep positive and try not to change too many things for the girls". The girls still have chores and responsibilities, but Laura is keeping them involved in their school activities. "I want my girls to have the opportunity to be kids."

People in the communities of Hunter, Tipton, Sylvan Grove and Lincoln are planning a benefit to financially help this young family. The Griffiths Family Benefit will be held, Sunday, October 14, 2012 in Sylvan Grove at the high school building. A barbeque noon meal will be served from 11-2 with an auction beginning at 1:00. Other fundraising activities planned are a silent auction and a raffle drawing.

Tickets for the drawing are priced at $5.00 a ticket or five tickets for $20 for chances to win a Traeger grill, 42" LG flat-screen television or an I-pad 2.

Organizers of the benefit are seeking donations of new items for the auction and silent auction. Contact Jason Seehafer or Andy Heller in Hunter, Les Walter in Sylvan Grove, Jeannette Schroeder in Tipton or Alan Aufdemberge in Lincoln if you would like to contribute an item for the auction. Cash donations may be sent to the Bennington State Bank, PO Box 338, Sylvan Grove or Galen Seehafer, Hunter. Checks are to be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church and on memo line write Griffiths Benefit.

More information and a list of donated auction items can be found online at www.usd299.org.

(Courtesy Lucas-Sylvan News, Published October 4, 2012)

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