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KidsPeace rallies associates to help colleague left homeless after fire

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KidsPeace is seeking donations in the aftermath of a house fire that left an associate and her family homeless.


Christina Warfel, a mobile therapist in our New Cumberland, Pa., office, lost all her family’s belongings when a fire broke out at their Harrisburg home on June 25. She, her husband and their three children – two boys ages 11 and 5 and a 3-year-old daughter – have been living with relatives since the blaze. The few rooms of their home that were not destroyed by fire sustained heavy smoke damage that prevented the family from salvaging any belongings.


If you would like to assist Warfel and her family, please consider donating to the Associate Assistance Fund. Checks should be made out to KidsPeace, with the memo line reading “Associate Assistance Fund (Christina Warfel),” and mailed to Gina Stano at KidsPeace, 4085 Independence Dr., Schnecksville, PA 18078. A lump sum check will then be written to Warfel.

Tennessee man, 78, recalls childhood at KidsPeace

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It's not often that we hear from someone who has left our care.


It's even more unusual when the person calling is now 78 and spent four years at KidsPeace (then Wiley House) as a child.


But that's exactly what happened recently. Richard VanStrander, who now lives in Tennessee, called simply to say thank you for the care he received after he and his brother were pulled off the streets of Allentown when he was only 8 years old. VanStrander's father had died of Parkinson's disease, and his mother broke her hip and was unable to care for him.


He said he was not appropriately grateful at the time; he described himself as a child angry at the world. But years later, he's able to look back at his life and acknowledge that it could have had a very different outcome if not for the kindness and care he received during those four years.


"They took good care of me there,” he said. “Most of the time, except for the belligerence of my own self, it was a good place to be.”


Read more of VanStrander's story in the next edition of KidsPeace's email newsletter, "For the Kids," which will be distributed later this summer. Not yet a subscriber? Sign up now for our mailing list.


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