Helena Indian Alliance raises funds for family who lost their home to fire

HELENA – The Indian Alliance Helena organized a taco fundraiser for an elderly couple who lost their home to a fire just before the holidays.

“I believe it is important for members of our community to know that they are supported, and especially our elders,” said Jason Mcnees, Peer Support Specialist for Helena Indian Alliance.

Mcnees says the goal of the taco fundraiser is to raise nearly $ 1,200 to purchase a trailer for the Nevermissashot family, the senior couple lost their home on Nov. 10. It is not known exactly how the fire started.

“Hook it up to sewers and electricity, so they have a place you know you are, right on their property in their home,” Mcnees said.

Mcnees says helping the family fundraise brings the community together.

“By losing something like your house and all of your possessions, there’s really no way to replace that without a community raising money to help them,” Mcnees said.

Indian Alliance Helena will help the Nevermissashot family clean up the property in a few weeks, and Mcnees says that’s exactly what the organization is for.

“The idea is to help them rebuild as best we can,” Mcnees said.

The fundraiser provided community members with tacos and even a shake-a-day game.

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