Berlin family will help others on #Giving Tuesday
By DEBRA THORNBLAD
Special to the Union Leader | November 26. 2013 9:57PM
The Buteau/Steller family members, Connor, Rick, Kendra, Erica and Troy, are collecting and cleaning warm clothing that will be distributed to those in need. (DEBRA THORNBLAD PHOTO)
“We got out with just the clothes on our backs,” Erica Buteau said.
Ten days later, Erica lost her job, and shortly thereafter her husband, Rick, who had taken retirement from his job at the prison, got done there.
“We’ve been at the bottom,” Buteau said.
But the tough times had a flip side, and that’s the generosity and help they received from the community.
“We can never say thanks enough to everyone,” Buteau said.
But they’re going to try.
Erica Buteau, a Berlin/Milan native, runs a family life blog, ButeauFull Chaos. It was through her online activities that she discovered #Giving Tuesday, a movement that encourages communities, individuals and other groups to give back to a charity of their choice. #Giving Tuesday will be held on Dec. 3.
Erica has engaged her family: husband Rick and children Troy, a freshman at Berlin High School, Kendra, a student at Hillside Elementary, and Connor, a student at Brown Elementary. Together the family hopes to encourage other families to do something inspirational, give back and donate something warm to help another family in need.
Kendra said she wants to help to make sure kids are warm. She said she’s seen kids walking to school when it’s cold in just a T-shirt.
“The main reason we wanted to give back to the community was because they helped us so much,” he said.
If the drive is successful this year, the family said they will probably continue to do it every year.
People do not have to wait until Tuesday to donate. The family has received one bag of donations and will be collecting from now until Dec. 3.