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Community Steps Up to Help Guardsman Rebuild After Fire

Swan Lake Park Civic Association, residents help out neighbor who is serving in Africa.

The Swan Lake community is fundraising to help out resident Eric Carver, an Air National Guardsman serving in Africa, whose home was damaged by vandals and destroyed by a fire shortly after Christmas.

Carver, who is serving in Africa with the 106th Rescue Wing, is the president of the Swan Lake Civic group.

The community is rallying to help Carver and held a recent bake sale which raised over $10,000, and is also selling wrist bracelets, an idea prompted by a Medford Elementary Student, to help raise funds to repair the house.

“The community outpouring for this man, a neighbor who is overseas serving his country, was just overwhelming. I was glad to be able to be there to show my support," said Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, who attended the fundraiser.

"It has been famously said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. That is not what happened here. It is very clear that this is a special community of very good people. They have already triumphed."

Marie P January 15, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I am proud to be part of the community, I was there Sat. and the turnout was huge. Great neighbors great neighborhood.
Kelly Krug Corrado January 16, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Good luck MSgt! This showing is a direct result of your character. (Btw, whoever is responsible for that pound/lemon cake - bravo!)
Patrica Sitler January 29, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I just wanted to Thank everyone who showed up at the bake sale!! We raised over $10,000 in a few short hours. We had an out pouring of generosity for my dear friend and next door neighbor, Eric. Our online donation site is currently over $11,000 and continues to grow everyday. We have an amazing community, and I feel blessed to be apart of it!
Kathleen Cannet-Zarro January 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM
What is the web site to donate? My son is over there with Eric. Maybe I could spread the word about the website and get more donations.
Ryan Bonner (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Online donations via: http://www.giveforward.com/supportforericourlocalhero

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