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Fundraiser to help widow and children in need

Saturday's event to be held at Grocery Outlet
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Hard times have fallen on Kristi Midgley and her family. Midgley is trying to support herself and four children without the support of her husband John, who died in August. At the time of John's death, Kristi Midgley was a stay-at-home mom, taking care of her and John's son Mason, 2, her son Ty, 12, and John's daughters Angela, 12, and Kimberly, 13. "It was enough of a struggle for both of us to raise four kids," Midgley said Wednesday. "We were basically left with no income, and I'm two months behind on my rent. I had to start minimizing everything I could, knowing that everything is going to get worse before it gets better." Midgley said she applied for Social Security as soon as she received a death certificate, but that she's still hasn't seen a check. She only recently learned she was approved for spousal support and that she'll receive Social Security for Mason. "It's financial devastation, and it's devastation altogether," said the Lake-of-the-Pines mother. The members of New Life Christian Church are teaming with the Grocery Outlet in Auburn to host a fundraiser for the Midgley family on Saturday. Tami Clark, a cousin related by marriage to the Midgley family, is a member of the New Life Christian Church, and said the congregation donated $100 for the family. Clark approached Grocery Outlet staff and asked if they'd match the church's donation, which they did, throwing in a fundraiser in addition. "They're really wonderful," she said of the Grocery Outlet. Saturday's event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grocery Outlet parking lot at Elm Avenue and Highway 49, features a photo opportunity with Santa, face painting, balloon art, slot-car racing, a bargain wheel with free prizes and more. A $2 donation will get you hot dogs, chips and a soda. All proceeds go to the Midgley family to help with living expenses. "As a community we need to take care of each other in crisis," Clark said. "They need to feel supported, they need help in so many ways. I think through donating money, that's just one way you can show you care. The family definitely needs support until she gets on her feet." The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com, or comment online at auburnjournal.com.
How to donate
What: Those interested in helping may send donations to the "Midgley Family Fund" at Granite Community Bank, 789 High St., Auburn, CA 95603