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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Posted on 07/24/2009 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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When a tragedy occurs, people often come together to grieve and support one another. When the Murray family of Chevy Chase, MD lost both a daughter and mother on June 26, due to an accident caused by a tree branch falling on their minivan, the community responded with acts of full-fledged warmth and sustenance.
After consoling, Sara Knoll, friend of the family’s, along with others, set up an online “support system” where more than 400 people have enlisted to offer aid to father, Sean Murray and his five daughters.
The response to the site has been so great that it has ensured that the family’s home needs will be met through December 23. The website, Lotsa Helping Hands, makes it simple to reach out to locals in need by creating an online community with a calendar and announcements for organizing.
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