NOBLESVILLE — A family devoted to providing random acts of kindness to strangers is now in need of some kindness themselves.
The Gutreuter home in Noblesville caught fire Tuesday night. Thanks to the quick-thinking of their eldest son, all six family members are safe, but they lost everything.
“(We’re) just heartbroken,” Wen Gutreuter said.
Not only is the family picking up the pieces, this is not their first experience with loss. In 2005, the family lost 2-year-old Emily Grace after she died unexpectedly in her sleep. In her memory, Gutreuter started a Random Acts of Kindness Day, encouraging others to help out strangers in her name.
“We went out to eat and we paid for other people’s orders,” Gutreuter said.
Hundreds of others joined them, including Randy Howard. Howard knows that if it was his house that burned, Gutreuter would be the first to lend a hand.
“She’d be right here, helping,” Howard said.
He’s hoping that others will step up and help the family in their time of need.
Gutreuter, meanwhile, said she’s just grateful to have her family with her and wants to move forward together.
“If anything, this just solidifies my resolve that we will move forward with it and nothing will stop us,” Gutreuter said.
This year’s Random Act of Kindness Day will still take place on Oct. 15.
If you’d like to donate or provide help to the family, contact the Church for the Nations, at www.cftnindy.com. You can also donate to the Project Assist fund at any Huntington Bank.