Helping a Family Who Lost Everything

Last Monday, while everyone in the family was out working or running errands, the East Toledo house of Kirk and Julie Summey caught fire and burned to the ground.

Unfortunately for the Summeys, they did not have content insurance, and this Toledo family is starting over completely from scratch. In almost an insulting twist of fate, their insurance also did not provide for post-fire cleanup, and the Summeys were facing the prospect of paying up to $10K to clear the rubble until a neighbor stepped in and agreed to clean out the lot in exchange for the title to the soon-to-be-vacant lot.

I know Kirk and Julie through their volunteer work with Planned Pethood, and I am sad to report that although no family members were home, all five of the dogs and a litter of cats died in the fire. Three of the dogs were PPI fosters, and I cannot imagine the horror of not only seeing your house in flames and knowing of the poor animals trapped inside.

Donations to help Kirk and Julie are being accepted at First Federal Bank branches, and this is listed as the "Summey Family Fire Victim Fund." Here are the branches in Northwest Ohio that are participating, and if you live out of the area you can call the bank at 1-877-FOR- U1ST (367-8178) for information on electronic donations:

2760 Navarre Ave, Oregon, OH
417 W Dussel Dr, Maumee, OH
1077 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, OH
3234 N Holland Sylvania Rd, Toledo, OH
22020 W State Route 51, Genoa, OH
1226 W Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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HM, I have a dog and a cat, and I love them both. I have a home, too (at least for the short term), and I cannot imagine being without Sugar, C.J. or my house. Thank you for providing branch locations at which to contribute. Things are tight but I'll do what I can. Be blessed.

Patience is a great virtue.


I've got a few extra bucks to throw their way.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

I should add that the Summeys also own a small business in East Toledo and they happened to have lost a fair amount of business cash that they had not yet taken to the bank that Monday.

Double whammy...

name of the business? Maybe some of us can help.

Losing the house and contents is bad, losing the pets is terrible. The lost cash is really the last straw. I hope these people have faith.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

They own Juki's Tattoo shop at 823 Starr Ave, Toledo, OH 43605.

Pay day's tomorrow so I'll drive out to the nearest branch, out on Holland-Sylvania, to make my contribution. You're a good man. It's good to know people still care about each other. I hope I am as blessed as you are.

Patience is a great virtue.

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