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Gift of perspective

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

As the year winds down and we celebrate Christmas in our new home, we are reflecting on our many blessings in 2013. At the top of our list is our wonderful Crystal Lake community. We will forever be grateful that no one was injured and for the outpouring of support after we lost our home to a fire on May 1.

We were deeply touched by the concern and generosity from family, friends, neighbors and folks we’d never met. There have been countless acts of kindness – including offers of people opening their homes to us, a replacement prom dress (fortunately, it was at the cleaners being pressed – another blessing), cherished pictures from Courtney’s childhood, and gifts of dinners, movies, clothes, groceries and the list goes on and on.

We are humbled and inspired by the generosity and are committed to keep paying it forward. 

We enjoyed staying with dear friends as we transitioned and we moved into our new home in July. We are settling in and moving forward. Our family and beautiful neighborhood may have lost a home, but we all received the gift of perspective on May 1 – the reminder that it is people, not things, who are most important. We are a closer family, neighborhood and community because of this shared experience. 

As we celebrate the season of giving, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the firefighters, police, Prairie Ridge High School staff, McDonald’s Corp., American Airlines, Allstate, neighbors, friends and family for your gift of support this past spring. 

Happy Holidays.

Mike, Deb and Courtney Lefevre

Crystal Lake

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