• Donations sought to help family recover from Feb. 15 fire
A Feb. 15 fire destroyed 90 percent of the home of Scott Gippert and Lisa Miles of Loves Park, leaving the couple and their four children without a home and destroying nearly all of their personal possessions.
The family has since been given a house at which to stay for a couple of months, but has nothing to put in it.
A relief fund has been established at First Federal to help the family get back on its feet. Donations can be made to Scott Gippert and Lisa Miles, c/o First Federal, 6213 N. Second St., Loves Park, IL 61111. For more information, contact Gippert at 815-670-7967.
Gippert operates a home remodeling company in Loves Park, and all of his paperwork was destroyed in the fire. He asked that current and former clients contact him to help him re-establish his contacts.
Miles recently completed a degree in nursing and was scheduled to begin her job as a registered nurse when the fire struck.
It was like we were climbing a hill and almost made it over the hill, and then this happened, Gippert said. It has left us in shambles.