There seems to be an extraordinary high level of Kindness floating around our community this month! Another local need brings out the very best from the residents of Duvall and Carnation. As many of you have heard, the Pickering Homestead in Duvall, owned by Bob and Suzanne Siko, was overrun with water when a beaver dam broke on the property, located on the hill above them. A tremendous amount of water poured through their property and partly flooded their historic home. As the water flooded their home and property, our community stepped in and flooded Bob and Suzanne with Kindness! Help just kept arriving, volunteers with shovels and chainsaws and even an excavator. They all worked together to try and save the Pickering Homestead.
The Siko’s do NOT have flood insurance as they do NOT live in a flood plain. The clean-up will be cost thousands of dollars. The debris field in front of the farm is tremendous. They tried to do some work with it yesterday but it was so wet that it was impossible. Allison Hawkins set up an online volunteer sign up for work parties and Christine Hillestad is posting updates on Facebook. (I will post a link when I get that information, it is through jooners.com)
Even though all of the rooms inside the house were not flooded, the exterior was covered in water. There was a lot of seepage and currently all of their walls are being opened up to access the damage. An online donation fund has been set up but they discovered that 8% of the donations were kept by the online company. If you would like to support the Siko’s financially, they suggest that you drop off donations at Hillside Academy in Duvall or at Tolt Laundry and Storage in Carnation. At this point, they just need financial support. They do not need clothing or furniture donations.
Suzanne is overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone that has stepped up to help her family. There are a couple of local companies she wanted to thank. There will be more to follow, I’m sure. Red Pepper Pizza has provided meals every day and Starbucks has provided coffee. True Value donated shovels, chain saws, lights and many other items. Ixtapa provided food, Safeway donated water bottles, and Oxbow dropped off fresh produce. CDK and Jeb Trucking have been a huge help and an amazing blessing to the Siko family.
I wanted to include this post from Brandon Jones of Twice Blessed in Duvall:
We want to help out the flooded Siko family.
They have an account here at the shop, if anyone would like to call in their account to donate to them we will write a check to them from all of you. If your account has $5-$125 and you want to help call or email today. Also another way to help– bring down any items you want me to put on the Siko account and we’ll be able to sell more things to give them even more.
The shop can’t dig them out today but we can help to fill them in- with kindness!
Our community never ceases to amaze me! Take time to spread a little kindness today!