If you've read or heard about the senseless murder of Jack Hutchins in the Parkridge neighborhood on Saturday, then you know he leaves behind a sizable family in need. But perhaps we can respond to this dispiriting situation with help.
Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles posted this message on the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood listserv noting the ways people can assist the family:
All of us are stunned and saddened by the brutal, senseless murder of Jack Hutchins on Saturday, and I know his family and close friends and neighbors are still reeling from the shock and grief.
Lots of folks are asking what they can do to help Beth and the kids. I know many of you were at the candlelight vigil last night to show your support, and there are two accounts set up to raise funds for the children (info on those posted below).
With the family's permission, I have set up a web page for Beth and the kids at Take Them A Meal. This will make coordinating meals for the family much easier. Anyone who wishes to, can go to their page and sign up to take them an evening meal, any day over the next two months.
Jack was the primary bread winner, and usually the bread baker as well. Beth is in school, so Jack did most of the shopping and meal preparation. Providing his family with meals over the next several weeks is a meaningful and caring way to honor Jack, and will take a tremendous amount of pressure off of Beth. It's also important they have consistent, dependable, healthy nourishment while they grieve and begin to heal. There are 10 people in the house: Beth, the grandmother, and eight children - ages 18, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4 and 3.
If you would like to prepare or provide a meal, but can't deliver it, you can still sign up and I can arrange pick up and delivery.
Take Them A Meal:
Jack's Kids Fund at GiveForward (Note: GiveForward deducts a 7.9 percent fee from each transaction):
Account at SunTrust Bank:
A gift account has been set up in Beth Dompier's name. You can go to any branch and make a contribution. (Note: For those who want to contribute to the SunTrust account, ask for the account in the name of Beth Dompier will get the donation in most efficiently. It is not in Jack Hutchin's name.)
Please help by forwarding this to any of Jack and Beth's family, friends and neighbors who may not be on these list serves.
I'm grateful to be in such a generous and caring community - I know Beth and the kids and the rest of the family (several of whom also live in this area) will continue to be loved and supported in the coming days, weeks, and months. I also know that more needs will arise moving forward, and I'm certain our community will find compassionate and caring ways to meet those as well.