To the Times of Ti:
My name is Aalyiah Ives and I’m writing this to thank God, all the heroes, friends and family who helped my family after our house burned a year ago.
Our heroes are all the fire departments that responded to our fire on July 19, 2010. You all may not realize just how special you really are to my “lil” sister, brother and I. We really look up to you. To the firemen who got overheated I forgot what mommy called it but to you guys I’m sorry, but very glad you are OK, it was a scary night for us but you all were so brave and we want to be just like you. So again thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we will continue to pray for you all as we do every night before bed.
Next was our very special neighbors, Tom and Linda, who were always so nice to us and we love them like grandparents, my brother was the closest to Tom and Linda. He misses them very much. So thank you Tom and Linda, we love you both and miss you! To Jack, Lori, Andy and Cindy – we’d like to say thank you and we miss you. I miss Andy talking to me at the bus stop. To our wonderful town of Crown Point, thank you for helping us, thank you for the spaghetti diner you put on for our family, it was very nice. Thanks to everyone who donated us money it has taught us a lot and now we donate every time we see a donation cup, because we want to be more like you and help others out.
Thanks to our church family who helped us out and a special thanks to Doug Hollen for giving us all his savings so we could have toys again and for singing to us, it really helped us a lot. Thanks again to all our wonderful friends – you are very loved. We will keep you in our prayers, too!
Now onto our family, first and foremost, thank you. Thank you to our Aunt Lori for letting us stay with her until we got this awesome place. We love you very much. Thanks to all the rest of our family for their talks, love and for just being here for us. We love you all and thank you all so very much.
Lastly, our landlords Sunny and Sue. I want to say thank you for letting us live here. This place is awesome we love it very much.
A lot has happened in a year, but we are very good thanks to all of you wonderful people. And anyone we may have forgotten – thank you all so much. God bless you all always!
Aalyiah Ives, Tylor Ives and Gracey O’Hara