Christmas is just hours away but there’s still time to help out with the Transcript-Bulletin’s Benefit Fund.
The generous donations made by Transcript readers will be delivered to the Frank and Stacie Hill family on Christmas Eve morning, but will be accepted through the end of the week at the newspaper’s office at 58 N. Main Street, Tooele.
One donor last week, who requested anonymity as a condition of the gift, dropped off a check for $700 with instructions that it be used to pay a month of rent for the family.
The family recently moved into an apartment after living out of a camping trailer for more than a year. The donor challenged other readers to make similar donations with the goal of giving the family a year of rent—giving Frank time to find a full-time job and the family to get back on their feet.
Stacie Hill, who at the time of an interview Monday morning had not been told about the donation or other gifts sent for the family, said the kindness and generosity she has felt was immense. She said she has now discovered a warm and welcoming culture in the area.
“I realize right now I live in a great community,” she said. “I moved out of Utah because I had this idea in my head that the culture was a certain way. You and all of these people who have been behind us have opened my eyes to a whole different kind of place. Sometimes you feel very alone in the world, and this has been so amazing the last two weeks. Thank you.”