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Updated information on the Anglin children

Jay Thompson has an update on the state of the Anglin children, along with a link to Aaron Anglin’s obituary in the Austin American-Statesman. Jay has set up a guest book so that you can express your condolences to the family.

The obituary includes this important information:

A trust fund has been set up for the children:
Guaranty Bank, Acct# 3805908914
Checks payable to James Johnson (grandfather)
ITF Eleanor & Mackenzie Anglin

We each of us are doing what we can, and I expect we’ve gone a long way toward covering Aaron’s burial expenses and the children’s hospital costs. But: That’s a band-aid. The real costs of raising children are huge and ever-accelerating.

I know there are big-money vendors reading this site. Your tax advisors can instruct you on what you need to do to expense a donation to a trust fund — or an annuity — as good will or whatever.

If we can put the arm on a few hundred people for a few hundred dollars each, that’s a good thing. But if someone can step up to put a few hundred dollars a month in the kitty for the next 18 or 20 years, that would be quite a bit better.

The fact is, these children are going to grow up without a father. I wish that were a rare circumstance, but it’s not. But here is a case we know about of children losing their patrimony, and a particularly brutal loss of patrimony at that.

We’re all doing what we can, but if you can do more than the rest of us, that would be a wonderful thing.

PS: Don’t be shy about emailing this post or a letter of your own to vendors with whom you have a working relationship. The secret to getting money is to ask for it.

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    8 Comments so far

    1. Jay Thompson September 27th, 2007 10:25 am

      You sir, are a good man.

      We’ve done a lot of good, but we’ve put not much more than a band-aid on a gaping wound.

    2. Brian Brady September 27th, 2007 10:39 am

      “The secret to getting money is to ask for it.”

      Oh, yes. Vendors are one source. Your personal affiliations with charitable organizations, your worship centers, and community groups can be another.

      If they have an arm in Austin, all the better.

    3. [...] And: if you have the ability to donate a big chunk of money, here is a discussion of how you might make a huge and enduring difference in the lives of these children. [...]

    4. Valorie Bradley September 27th, 2007 10:51 am

      Thanks so much for keeping us updated regarding how we can help the Anglin family.

    5. Greg Swann September 27th, 2007 10:55 am

      > Vendors are one source. Your personal affiliations with charitable organizations, your worship centers, and community groups can be another.


      Here’s another idea, but I don’t know how to wrangle it: It would be a sweet thing if an Austin home-builder were to give these kids a home. Even four years rent free so Aleisha could improve her earning power. I think that’s worth headlines, which could make it pay for itself for the builder.

    6. Jay Thompson September 27th, 2007 11:04 am

      I lived in Austin for 20+ years and spent a semester interning for a Texas State Representative — who was also a developer. I haven’t spoken to her in years, but we got along famously and she has a huge heart. She’s no longer in the Texas House, but she certainly has connections.

      It can’t hurt to ask…

    7. [...] Jay reminds us that donations have slowed considerably since last week. Click on the donate button you’ll see here, at Jay’s place and all over the to lend a hand to a young family that will need far more than we can ever hope to get to them. And, if you have a working relationship with a big-money vendor, it can’t hurt to ask them what they can contribute. [...]

    8. [...] For the record, although Greg and I could never agree on everything, my respect for Greg is beyond that of most men.  Greg came to my family’s rescue recently as if my family was his own, and I’ve seen his compassion on many other levels since the beginning of Bloodhound.  A war on Bloodhound could not be further from the mission or aim of Agent Genius- Greg is safe with his twinkies and his spider hole really isn’t a spider hole, that’s just Greg buried under mountains of books and cords from the countless tech toys Greg owns. [...]