Pay It Forward
If anyone out there made a holiday or New Year’s resolution to spend the coming 12 months committing random acts of graciousness, here is an early opportunity.
Serge Bielanko, of the group Marah, yesterday safely escaped with his wife, two children and dogs from a blaze in the home they had been renting and renovating in the village of Walker Township in Pennsylvania. News coverage of the blaze here and here.
I’ve written about Marah a couple of times over the years, in the print version of No Depression and in this blog, for example. I understand Serge and his family had only recently relocated from Utah, where he had been on a family focused hiatus from Marah, but he had recently returned to gigging with his brother, Dave Bielanko and Christine Smith.
The Mamapundit.com blog is collecting money to help the young family get back on its feet.
I’ve had no direct communication with Serge or anyone with the band. I’ve only watched the drama unfold via social media, saw Mamapundit.com’s efforts to help the family and thought that somewhere out there in No Depression-land, there’s possibly a few people who have been moved by Serge’s music and might be similarly moved by this unfortunate mishap.