SULLIVAN - The community of Sullivan, and the surrounding area, are rallying around residents Danny and Alma Carter, who lost their home and belongings in a fire on March 25.
On Saturday, April 15, beginning at 5 p.m., a benefit spaghetti supper will be held at the Sullivan Recreation Center on US Route 1.
Benefit organizers Suzanne Harmon and Jacqueline Wycoff are asking for donations of food, cash to purchase food for the event and items for an auction to assist the family.
“They are such nice people and do a lot to help this community,” Harmon told me. “Funds raised from the benefit and the corresponding GoFundMe page will go toward paying for a cement slab for their house which needs to be rebuilt, and to also make the house handicapped-accessible.”
On the evening of Saturday, March 25, a fire broke out in the Carter home. Danny was home alone with his dog, Millie, when the fire began. Alma was in a nearby nursing home, recovering from a broken leg.
“Danny was sleeping and Millie saved their lives,” Harmon said. “She started barking and jumped in Danny’s lap when the fire started. When he came to, he saw that the TV screen was melted and the house was on fire.”
Both Danny and Millie made it out of the home safely but the stress from the ordeal contributed to Danny suffering a heart attack the same night. It is believed that the fire was caused by the clothes dryer or the wiring behind it.
“He’s staying with family and as you might guess, he’s very upset about the whole situation,” said Harmon. “They lost everything in the fire. He’s been traumatized by this but is very thankful for everyone who has been helping and donating.”
According to Harmon, volunteers who will be preparing food for the benefit supper are looking for donations of meatballs, ingredients for salads, garlic bread and desserts. Fresh or frozen donations will be gratefully accepted but Harmon says that fresh ingredients will be easier to work with on the day of the benefit.
Donations may be dropped off at Harmon’s Tire & Service Center, 220 High St. in Ellsworth or Harmon will personally pick up items from donors. She can be reached at 812-8734.
The April 15 benefit supper will also include a Chinese auction featuring over $1,000 worth of items donated by area businesses and residents, according to Harmon. Anyone who would like to donate an item or contribute to the benefit could contact Harmon at the above number or Jacqueline Wycoff at 266-7242.
“In addition to the auction, we’re also doing a 50/50 raffle and a number board,” Harmon told me. “A number board is where you buy a number for $10. We’ll have 100 numbers and if you’re number is chosen, you’ll walk away with $500 in cash.”
Anyone who would like to contribute could send donations or checks in care of Jacqueline Wycoff at 13 W Franklin Road, Franklin, ME 04634.
Harmon says that organizers would like to thank the three largest donors to the event – Coastal Builders, located in Trenton, Darling’s Auto of Ellsworth, and 182 Pizza of Franklin.