It was the morning of Christmas Eve when Transcript Bulletin associate publisher Clayton Dunn, controller Bruce Dunn and editor Tim Gillie pulled up to Gibb’s family home in Tooele City.
After ringing the doorbell, the door opened and they were met in the front yard of the home by Jared Gibbs, 44, his son, Jaceton and daughter, Dreya, both 17.
The oldest son, Cayden, 20, who has muscular dystrophy, had a rough night and was still asleep inside, Jared said.
Christmas is normally a joyous season, but for the Gibbs family Christmas this year was a difficult time.
Trisha Gibbs, 41, wife and mother, passed away 18 days earlier in a hospital ICU from COVID-19. She had been in the hospital for two weeks with family members unable to visit her.
A friend nominated the Gibbs family to be the recipient of the 2021 Transcript Bulletin Fund, without the knowledge of the Gibbs family.
“Earlier today I received word that their wife and mother Trisha Lindquist passed away Dec. 6, 2020, from complications associated with Covid-19. Trisha had been fighting for her life in the ICU for the past two weeks,” wrote the friend that nominated the family.
In addition to being the mother and “heart of the home,” Trisha was the primary caregiver for their son, Cayden, read the nomination.
“Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Caden is now and has been for several years confined to a power wheelchair. Medical costs and care for Caden add additional financial burdens to their home,” wrote the person who nominated the Gibbs family. “With unexpected medical and funeral costs to cover, any financial help will assist their family. … The uncertainty of their future breaks my heart.”
For 43 years, the Transcript Bulletin Benefit Fund has collected donations from readers, staff, and the community at Christmas time to help either an individual or family faced with a unique need or hardship.
Clayton Dunn expressed heartfelt condolences to the Gibbs family on behalf of the Benefit Fund donors as he presented Jared with a check for $8,130 along with two other donations that totaled $250.
Jared’s eyes teared up as he looked at the check and exclaimed, “Holy cow!”
Dreya reached over and gave her father a hug. Jaceton also embraced his father with tears.
The funds provided by the Benefit Fund will help lighten the burden of unexpected financial costs, allowing the family to enjoy Christmas thinking of their family, including Trisha.
The Transcript Bulletin Benefit Fund is a registered nonprofit organization. All proceeds received are presented to the selected individual or family.