September 1, 2021 | Your Stories

Children run a lemonade stand asking only for donations during the Aug. 7, 2021 fundraiser for the Aaron Igleheart family at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Owensboro. COURTESY OF MARY LASLEY

With a ‘spirit of love and service,’ Lourdes comes together to support family

BY MARY LASLEY, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners participate in the Aug. 7, 2021 fundraiser for the Aaron Igleheart family. COURTESY OF MARY LASLEY

Jordan Allison, Thomas Hutchison, and members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Owensboro lived out those words by organizing a rummage sale to raise funds for the Aaron Igleheart family.

Aaron Igleheart died on July 4, 2021 unexpectedly after a brief illness. He left behind Lisa, his wife, and four children, Lily, Nolan, Jack and Frank. Jordan Allison and Thomas Hutchison, whose wives are sisters, knew Aaron. The children of all three families attended school and played together. Jordan and Thomas had a strong desire to help and decided to head up a rummage sale with all proceeds from the sale going to the Igleheart family. They contacted Fr. Pat Reynolds and the parish council for the use of the parish hall as well as donations of items from members of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The parish got behind the effort with enthusiasm. The Knights of Columbus Council #14290 cooked hamburgers and hotdogs to sell during the sale with all proceeds going to the family. Thomas Hutchison’s daughters ran a lemonade stand asking only for donations. Lourdes Ladies of Service helped collect, sort, and price the donated items. The Ladies worked two days before the sale as items came into the hall, and then on the day of the sale (Aug. 7, 2021), they helped to straighten and pack up after the sale concluded.

On the day of the sale the hall was full not only with items donated by Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners, but with a spirit of love and service. In addition to purchasing items, monetary donations to the family were accepted. Everyone involved in the day wanted to show support to the Aaron Igleheart family and encourage them as they are going through this very difficult time.

Mary Lasley belongs to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Owensboro.

If anyone wishes to make a donation, please send it to the Aaron Igleheart Family, c/o Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 4029 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY 42301.


Originally printed in the September 2021 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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