Affinity Credit Union comes to aid of Kinistino family

By Nigel Maxwell
February 23, 2018 - 10:00am

A special trust account has been set up at the Affinity Credit Union in Kinistino to help a family where members lost almost all their belongings in a house fire earlier this month.

The bank's Vice Centre Team Lead Blair Michaliew said the family recently moved to the community from outside the country before the fire. Since the incident the community has jumped at the chance to help, he said.

"You know anytime something tragic happens in a small community, everyone tries to pitch in and help out. From what I understand there's been lots of item donations and stuff made to the family too," he said.

The fire happened at a rental property on Feb. 15. According to Kinistino Fire Chief Curtis Jackson, the fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the nearby house. The couple and their three young children under the age of 12 were able to get out in time but the house could not be saved. 

"Of course when you lose everything you need everything so I'm sure they are probably open and probably looking for items in addition to monetary donations," Michaliew said.

Anyone who wants to donate items can go to the bank in Kinistino, and a bank employee will help get them in touch with the person collecting non-monetary donations. Anyone who wants to write a cheque is encouraged to make it out to "Soldan Family Trust", Box 803, Kinistino, SK., S0J-1H0.

Michaliew said he understands there will be people from other parts of the province who may wish to make a donation too.

"They can do that at any Affinity Credit Union, so it doesn't have to be in the community of Kinistino," he said.


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