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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Changing Lives
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014

As many of you know, our peaceful lives were turned upside down after we lost our home to a fire in December.

It is with profound humbleness that we find ourselves writing this thank you letter. Our family is safe, and that is certainly the most important part of this ordeal. Our home and all of its contents were destroyed. While the stress was horrendous initially and we continue to grieve the loss of our precious family pet, Molly; we have truly seen God work miracles through our family, friends and this community.

We will never in this lifetime be able to repay the generosity and selflessness everyone has shown our family.. We have to begin with a special thanks to the members of the Mason VFD and their heroic efforts to keep our family safe and control the damage surrounding our home. In addition to the routine firefighting duties of these men; we are appreciative of the kind words, hugs and personal reassurances they made to our children. Words cannot explain what those conversations with the firefighters did for our kids.

With regard to Mason in general, businesses, community members, churches and especially Mason ISD; a heartfelt thank you for all of your generous donations of time, money, gift cards, clothing, household goods and meals! Never in a million years did we think we would be on the receiving end of so many unbelievable acts of generosity. Friends and strangers alike showed up at the fire with money, socks, blankets and warm clothes that very night, before we even processed the fact that we no longer had our own.

While others immediately began a mission to begin rebuilding our lives; we didn’t even know what day it was. Local restaurants provided food immediately, friends set up a meal schedule that continued for two weeks. Community members organized a benefit auction. Churches opened their doors, their hearts and their wallets while spreading the word about our needs. The list is literally endless... Not only did local businesses donate to us and to the benefit auction; many of their employees cheerfully gathered and organized donations for us to pick up. A benefit account was set up at Mason Bank the next morning.

The friends and volunteers who processed the flood of donations and got them to us in such an orderly fashion were simply amazing! We cannot thank each of you enough for the countless hours you spent helping our family during the busy Holiday season. We feel the community should all be so proud of our youth, as it is clear they possess a generosity of spirit that is truly amazing. Our children are so blessed to be students at Mason Elementary and Mason Jr. High! Teachers and students alike came together and showed amazing generosity that helped our girls bounce back to their old selves in record time!

While we are devastated that the memory of watching our home burn to the ground and processing the realization that they were losing everything will forever be etched into their minds; we are reassured and consoled by the fact that these incredible acts of kindness and generosity will be a much more vivid memory! Seeing all of these acts of selflessness during such a frightening time has certainly reinforced our strong and undying faith in God! The compassion and generosity that we have been shown began while the fire was still burning and has continued each day. Please know that although we may not acknowledge each of you individually here; with every fiber of our being, these words to you are heartfelt and expressed with love, appreciation and gratitude! We are truly in awe of the amount of kindness we have received.

We will be eternally grateful for everything this community has done for us. It may be a while before we get a chance to personally acknowledge friends, families, firefighters and other people who have helped; but please know we have seen every text, read every email, listened to each voicemail and treasured the beautiful cards. We are humbled beyond words by it all. What makes a house a home are the people in it. Every evening as we drive up to our new home; we enter it not only with our family intact, but also with the spirit of all who have helped us through this challenging time. We will never forget the incredible support you have each shown us.

While the fire may have destroyed our material possessions; the generosity shown after it has strengthened our faith in God, our love for this community and our bond as a family. From the bottom of our hearts...

THANK YOU!

Chase & Laci Mixon

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