NM library seeks donations for former staffer

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A former North Manchester Public Library employee is in need of help this holiday season.

The library, located at 405 N. Market St., is taking donations for the family of Kelsey Patterson, who lost their Winona Lake home in a fire early Tuesday morning, Dec. 19.

According to Winona Lake Fire Department Chief Mitch Titus, the home was completely lost. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, and the investigation has been turned over to an insurance company.

While Mrs. Patterson, her husband Nathan, their son Quill and their American bulldog/pitbull, Brutis, all escaped the fire; they are left with nothing.

Patterson worked at NMPL for four years, starting as a clerk but quickly moving up to circulation manager, NMPL Director Amy Acree said.

She left to take care of her newborn son in 2015.

Patterson worked at Manchester Intermediate School for two years, and student taught at Manchester High School under biology teacher Jabin Burnworth last year.

The library is collecting various items for the family in the next few weeks.

“Mainly, items for their son are the most important (clothes, toys, shoes, diapers). But they are all in need of clothing—especially winter items, as well,” Acree said in an email.

“A Go Fund Me Page has been started. It is called the Patterson Family Fire Recovery.”

A link to the fundraising page can be found on the North Manchester Public Library Facebook page.

According to a post on the NMPL Facebook page, clothing sizes needed are as follows: women’s pants size 4/6, women’s shirts small/medium, women’s shoes sizes 9/9.5, men’s pants 34/36, men’s shirts medium/large, men’s shoes size 12, boy’s toddler clothing size 2T (24 month pants), boy’s toddler size 8 shoes and size 4 diapers.

Brutis, their large dog, could use a new collar and leash, as well as food and water bowls, food, a bed and “maybe a Kong Extreme chewer toy,” according to Erin Streeter, NMPL children’s assistant and Mrs. Patterson's sister.

Additionally, gift cards and general needs items are welcome.

Warsaw, Pierceton, Claypool and North Webster fire departments all assisted Winona Lake Fire Department at the scene of the fire.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26