I want to take a minute to introduce you to Gideon Anderson. This 8-year-old is from Grenora, and he and his family could use some prayers and positive thoughts. Gideon was outside in the backyard where he was using a fire pit to burn some papers. When a bottle of lighter fluid he was holding blew up in his hands, he was holding it at the time. His garments were consumed by the flames. Burns cover almost ninety percent of his body.

Gideon Anderson

It is estimated that the burns are third-degree. After being transferred to Williston, where he was intubated, he was then transported by helicopter to a burn facility, which is where he is receiving treatment at the present time. As you can imagine, those close to him have a lot to deal with. So in North Dakota form, folks stepped up and organized a benefit! To say it was a success is an understatement.

Friends and family, and the Grenora community gathered on Friday, July 14 for a free will meal, auction, and fundraiser for Gideon and his family. After the first round of tabulating, $27,000 was raised, with more donations still coming in!  If you missed the benefit on Friday, a donation website is also available. Click here to see Gideon's progress, or to make a donation. Special thanks to all that organized this benefit, and to one and all that attended and donated!

On a side note, if you know of any benefits coming up, feel free to email me! We want to make sure we help as many people as possible. My email is scott.haugen@townsquaremedia.com.

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