Soccer Moms Hope to Help Recent Fire Victims

A collection jar was placed at a game Thursday night and will be again on Saturday to help Deb Nelson and her daughters who lost their home, possessions and pets on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Members of the Richfield community are continuing to step up to help their neighbors in need this week.

After Deb Nelson and her daughters, Tali and Mikayla Walton, lost their Logan Avenue home, possessions and two dogs in .

Feeling the need to help, Richfield native Spencer Erickson set up an Tuesday after hearing the news.

Now, high school soccer moms are taking up a collection at games this week.

"It's just so sad," Shelly Nelson, mother of junior captain Max Nelson, said.

"We are such a small community and it just seems like a nice way to give back a little," Susie Luttenegger, mother of senior captain Nathan Luttenegger, told Patch in an e-mail. "We want the family to know that we are thinking about them and feel badly for their loss." 

The family's loss hits close to home for Luttenegger, who said her parents' home was destroyed by a fire a couple years ago.

"I know it meant the world to [my parents] to have community friends offer help in any way," she said.

A collection jar was put out Thursday night at a home game against . Nelson reported that just *$5 was donated, however, the intiative will continue this Saturday at the at .

Both boys and girls, varsity and JV teams are taking on Saturday with games beginning at 10 a.m. Boys will play at Spartan Stadium, while the girls will play at the Lyndale Avenue fields. Admission is free for soccer families and there will be full concessions, a raffle and picture signings throughout the day.

To donate to the fund set up by Erickson, go to indiegogo.com/debandthegirls?c=home. As of 11 p.m. Thursday night $1,300 had been raised between 46 donors.


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Caitlin Burgess September 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Looks like KARE 11 will be there at noon to do a little story on those trying to help the family. Way to step up and help fellow neighbors!


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