Although we went for a hot dog lunch and a glimpse of the goofy Wienermobile, we also went for a less frivolous reason.
There were many people who came out to help Ann and her family. This photo only shows the beginning of a long line. But even if all of those people bought a $1 hot dog, there would not be nearly enough to pay for these things that Ann and her family need.
As I stood nearby Ann, urging K to eat his hot dog, I thought about how I would feel if I were in her chair at a benefit for me. I assume I'd feel gratitude, but also humbled.
My heart breaks for her kids.
If you're so inclined, you can help the Peterson family with a donation:
Peterson Benefit fund:
- Using PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org-
By Mail: THINK Bank
Ann Peterson Benefit Account
ATTN: Nicole Ganrude
25 2nd St SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Peoples State Bank
400 Division St
Millville, MN 55957
You can read more about the Peterson family and other upcoming fundraisers here. There is also a beautiful photo of the family.