"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." -Matthew 18:20
We have seen this verse lived out this weekend. Since Sunday we have seen strangers come together with prayers, kind words and financial support for a family in need. I have been overwhelmed by the response to yesterday's post. Each time that Brooke told me how much money had been sent to her PayPal account, we were both floored with the generosity. I cannot tell you how many times I have found tears in my eyes just at the sheer kindness that has been flooding out towards this family.
In just 24 hours we raised $1,800. A small portion of that money has been used to send flowers to Julee and her family but the majority of the money is being donated to a fund that will help send Preslee to college. We are sending Julee all the names of the people who donated as well as any messages that were included with the donations (how much money you donated will not be disclosed).
If you are still interested in contributing, there are a number of ways that you can do so and continue to help this family. You can find a list of these opportunities at Jenna's Journey. There is a silent auction being planned, an opportunity to send encouragement to Julee over the coming months and several businesses are offering up their proceeds to Julee. There are so many ways to continue to raise money for Preslee. There are also ways to share prayers and encouragement with Julee to help carry her through the months ahead. There is truly an outlet for anyone who wants to help and no contribution or effort is too small.
I have had a few specific requests from people who would like to send a card to Julee. Julee's friend Melissa Stafford is collecting cards right now and will send them to Julee. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help you.
We are no longer accepting donations but if you are interested, you can donate directly to the fund here:
The Preslee Turner College Fund
PO Box 065
Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923
Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. There were so many wonderful women involved in deciding to do this and taking the time to make it happen, this was a community effort in the biggest way. Please continue to keep the Turner family in your thoughts and prayers.