In honor of nine-year-old Christina Kellermeier, an endowed fund was established at HCCF in October, 2015 that will forever provide financial support to J. B. Stephens Elementary School. “Everyone there was so incredibly supportive during Christina’s illness. It’s fitting that the fund’s income benefit the school,” shared Lori Gossett, Christina’s mother.
Christina lost her battle with a brain tumor on October 19, 2015. J.B. Stephen’s teachers, Christina Leininger and Krista Steeno, immediately contacted HCCF regarding the possibility of establishing a fund. HCCF acted quickly, assuring them that HCCF could immediately accept gifts, provide charitable benefit to donors, and work through the details of the fund’s purpose with the family, when the time was right. Contribution envelopes were personalized and delivered to the funeral home and memorial gifts poured in from friends and family. Perhaps the most touching show of support came at the holidays from Christina’s third grade classmates. In keeping with Christina’s love for dressing up, students enjoyed donating $1 to wear a hat, $2 to bring a stuffed animal, and $3 to wear pajamas to school. A $5 donation provided the opportunity to do all three. Christina Leininger was incredibly moved by the generosity of the students which resulted in an $800 gift to the fund. Another $300 was donated by parents and teachers. The $3,500 balance of the fund is well on its way to its required $15,000 balance to make grants.