Fundraising groups give back to family who helped them
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Several fundraising groups are giving back to a family who has worked for years to raise money for their community.
Art and Fran Parker have lived in Weld County for over 30 years and were just one of many who were affected by the floods.
“We’re basically gutting the inside of the house,” said Art Parker.
The Parkers and their three horses were able to get out just fine, but the floods destroyed their entire first floor, garage, barn and their 15 acre pasture.
“It just came in really, really fast and just wiped everything out. It took everything we got except for the house,” Parker said.
And what’s left of the home is what family and friends hope to restore.
“It was one of those things where you get here and walk in and you know
your gonna be a volunteer. That’s all there is to it,” said Tom Fisher, who helped the Parker family clean-up.
While Tom is a good friend, others volunteering to help clean have never met the Parkers.
“North American title company came out yesterday and they brought some football players with them to take the appliances out. The Greeley Stampede volunteers have been out too,” said Parker.
Over 30 volunteers worked to take out cabinets and moldy walls. Many also donated dump trucks, U-Hauls and even dirt to fill large holes in the yard.
“We’ve had people show up who we didn’t even know and they just start working,” Parker said.
It’s a community effort to help a man who has spent his life volunteering himself as an auctioneer for hundreds of fundraisers in Weld County.
“You need something Art’s always there to help,” said Fisher.
“Never imagined it that so many people would come help,” Parker said.
It’s support the Parker’s are thankful they have especially because they know they couldn’t even think about rebuilding their lives without help.
“I can’t put it into words, I owe them so much. I just didn’t know I had so many friends that cared,” said Parker.