Several local businesses and organizations have been holding fundraisers for the Herbst family. Parents Bryan and Nina Herbst, their four young children and their niece were all struck by a car Aug. 25 while taking a walk in their neighborhood, Polonia Estates in Rice Township.
The Hope for the Herbst Family motorcycle run, held Sept. 23 at American Legion Post 781 in Mountain Top, raised over $7,000 for the family’s medical fund.
Another fundraiser, a Family Fun Day, is set for 2 to 5 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Christ United Methodist Church.
Organizers of both events said they immediately wanted to help the Herbsts when they heard what had happened to them.
“The church felt the need to do something to benefit the family after this tragedy,” Christ United Methodist administrator Suzanne Bowman said, noting the Herbst family has attended the church.
In the case of the motorcycle benefit, organizers Sarah Derr and Anastasia Kubilus didn’t even know the Herbsts.
“I heard about the accident while
I was at work” as a nursing aide for Geisinger, Kubilus said. “I went home and told my husband, ‘I want to do a motorcycle ride.’”
Kubilus had been on other charitable motorcycle rides with her husband, but she had never organized one. She posted something on social media, and within hours, Derr, an experienced benefit organizer, contacted her and offered to help.
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