Garretson Coming Together For Fire Victims


24 hours after fire tore through two Garretson homes, investigators are searching for a cause, and two families are trying to piece their lives back together. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

The smoke was so thick, you could hardly see what was burning. The flames were so hot, the fire spread to two homes.  

Not much is left of the two Garretson homes, and now, just about everyone in town wants to help.    

“This Sunday, we’re giving away a hundred percent of our offering to those two families,” Tyler Ramsbey, pastor of The Rescue Church in Garretson, said.

Ramsbey’s nondenominational church meets at the Garretson School, just blocks from the ashes.  Ramsbey hopes the offering will bring in up to $3,000. 

“There’s two funds actually set up at the bank in Garretson, so we’re just going to split it 50/50 between the two of them and say, ‘Hey, no strings attached.  It’s not staying with us.  Everything that comes in on Sunday, this is going to you guys just as a gift from us to you,'” Ramsbey said.

Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson helped start the accounts.

“We have families in, couple families in need,” Steve Moberg, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, said. “And that’s part of who we are as Christians is we’re called to help others, no matter who they are, and plus they’re also friends.”

This church is also collecting money and gift certificates.

“One member of our congregation has set up an account at Target, a gift registry, so people can go online and actually buy exactly what the family thinks they need,” Moberg said. 

Two churches, with the same mission, to help two families put their lives back together.

“We’re blessed to be a blessing,” Ramsbey said.

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