BCS educator helps form Logan County Angels

BCS educator helps form Logan County Angels
Posted on 04/30/2024
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A Bellefontaine City Schools’ educator has spearheaded a heartfelt non-profit that will help families during a tragic loss.

BHS social studies teacher Russ Hogue was inspired to form Logan County Angels earlier this year.

Moved by recent tragedies involving local students, the new organization was created to help grieving families experiencing the untimely death of a child.

Logan County Angels is set up to alleviate the financial burden associated with funeral expenses when a school-aged child dies.

Families will be eligible for financial support when they experience the loss of a student enrolled in Pre-K through 12th grade and are attending Bellefontaine City Schools, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Riverside, West Liberty-Salem, Calvary Christian, or Discovery Center.

Hogue knows firsthand how impactful it is when the community rallies around a family in grief. His father died of liver cancer when Russ was 13. He remembers watching his mother open sympathy cards at the kitchen table - many with money tucked inside to help with unexpected expenses.

"I still remember when my dad was sick, people would donate to our family just to show us that they cared," Hogue said. "People in our community want to help. Many in our community have received help. That's why Logan County Angels is here. Everybody can relate to losing somebody that they love. It eases the burden on the family. They don't have to try to coordinate something to raise money for an unplanned funeral."

Lately, Hogue has been involved in fundraisers to help families coping with fatal accidents and terminal illnesses. His experience is that it takes tremendous effort for families to set up and promote special online giving accounts on a moment's notice. Friends and community members want to help, but don't often know how - or have the certainty that support they give will be used for the intended purposes.

Logan County Angels has partnered with United Way of Logan County, which will serve as the Angels fiscal agent to accept and process tax-deductible donations that will be used specifically to cover funeral expenses.

In the future, when a local student passes away, the community will be notified by Logan County Angels that help is needed. Those who wish to help can visit https://logancountyangels.org/ to make a gift to help that particular family. Cash or check donations can also be made at that time to United Way of Logan County, earmarking them specifically for Logan County Angels in the memo line. You can see more at https://uwlogan.org/

The following are Logan County Angels board members:

Sally Stolly - Benjamin Logan

Jennifer Wylie - Calvary Christian

Joan Haushalter - Community Liaison

Krista Oldiges - Discovery Center

Rob Underwood - Indian Lake

Debbie Gonterman – Riverside

Molly Smith - West Liberty-Salem

Taylor Allison - Mary Rutan Health Liaison

The Logan County Angels website was designed by Bellefontaine High School senior Oliver Moreland.

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