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Defiance Family Needs Your Support After Early Morning House Fire

The Defiance Merchants Association is fundraising for one of the cornerstone families in Defiance, Missouri, that suffered a horrific tragedy on the morning of January 19, 2024. 

Evelyn Turpiano lost her two young boys, Jamison and Julian Keiser, in a house fire where Evelyn lived with her mom, Jen Ham, and her stepdad, Vern Ham. The family will need to pay for two funerals, and the house is a complete loss, along with all of their possessions. 

In addition to your financial support, the family will need your prayers and emotional support as they grieve the loss of two special little boys. If you ever met the boys at the Defiance Roadhouse, the Christmas Festival or the St. Patty's Day parade, you will never forget their enthusiasm for life and the joy they brought to all around them. 

Please give what you can to support the family so they can put aside their financial worries and focus on grieving the loss of Jamison and Julian.

There are several ways to donate and help:

  • GoFundMe 
  • Drop off gift cards at Good News Brewing in Defiance for food, groceries, and other necessities, anytime during business hours.  
  • Cash and check donations can be made at Peoples Savings Bank in New Melle. Make checks payable to the “The Friends of Defiance Memorial Fund.” Mail to PSB, 30 Muhm Center, New Melle, MO 6365.
  • A prayer vigil for Jamison and Julian will be held at Good News Brewing in Defiance on Friday, January 19, at 7 p.m. If you want to help, please drop off gift cards during the vigil or anytime during business hours. 

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