by Karl Hinz & Douglas Parsons
Approximately two weeks before Christmas in 2012 the uninsured house of Elmer Hinrichs of Melba, Idaho burned to the ground destroying virtually everything Eldon and his boys owned. The local churches and concerned neighbors chipped in right away with food, clothing, furnishings and other donations to help out. For shelter during the next several months since the fire Eldon was provided with a place to stay at the Community Baptist Church of Melba’s parsonage east of town and has picked up the utilities as a way to say thanks. Having Eldon in the parsonage has been a big help to the Community Baptist Church of Melba since the parsonage was unoccupied at the time and needed a caretaker.
Karl Hinz drafted plans for a new home and received approval from Canyon County Building Inspector’s Office to build it. A building fund was established to purchase construction materials needed to build Eldon’s new home. Funds are now sufficient to get the project underway; however more funding will undoubtedly be required before Eldon will be able to move in.
The next immediate step is to dig the footings and set forms to pour the foundation. The building site has been cleared and excavated in preparation for this and fill dirt has been hauled in. It is hoped that the foundation will be in before the end of June.
As construction progresses volunteers from all areas of construction will be needed. The home to be built is very modest at 864 square feet but should suit Eldon’s needs nicely. Those interested in donating their labor to this “Barn –Raising” type of construction can coordinate with Karl Hinz at 495-2825. All help and prayers will be greatly appreciated.
If you are unable to help physically but would like to help financially, donations can be made at any US Bank in the “Donation Housing Account for Eldon Hinrichs: #153355300804”. Eldon is a long time Melba resident and works full-time as a farm mechanic. His income is modest but he has contributed substantially to this project. Imagine the help you might need in similar circumstances and maybe giving a little won’t seem like such a bad idea.
Eldon would also like to express his thanks to the following people and organizations for their generous support:
The LDS Church and Bishop Bangerter for all the household goods;
The Community Baptist Church of Melba for housing and monetary needs;
The many church families who showed up to help clean up the rubble at the burn site;
Al Worman for the heavy equipment at the cleanup;
Jared Draper for the heavy equipment and the excavation work;
Steve Moody and Brent Zeyer for the use of their dump trucks;
Mike Jamison for the disposal help;
Randy Cussins for the fill dirt;
The Melba Beatification Committee for the building permit;
The City of Melba for waiving certain fees and for their patience in this all volunteer project;
And all those who have donated to the building fund.
If we have forgotten someone we apologize. This is a community project with many helpers but let us not forget that it is God’s hand that is bringing this together. Thank you all.