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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for showing support for family after house explosion

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.


• Friends of the Singer family set up a website for people to donate. To donate, go to

• Donations are being accepted at First English Lutheran Church Office, 516 N. Main St., which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• Send checks or gift cards to Victoria Communication Services, 3202 N. Navarro St., or American Bank, 4304 N. Navarro St. Write the check out to First English Lutheran Church Singer Family Recovery Fund. The church set up the fund Thursday with money raised from its annual Heritage Days event. The money will go into an account that Travis Singer can access.

• Donations accepted in the lobby of IBC Bank, 6411 N. Navarro St., until Friday. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. So far, money, clothes, diapers, wipes and changing pads have been collected. Men's clothes are needed.

• Donations accepted at Duffy's Lawn and Garden Equipment, 3705 N. John Stockbauer Drive. Open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• Donations, except for money, are accepted at Crossroads Archery, 2801 Azalea St., or in the Town and Country shopping center. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

An explosion rocked a quiet neighborhood in Victoria last week. The destruction in the early morning hours of May 28 has left Haley Singer, 26, dead and a father and baby without a home. It also damaged about 12 nearby homes and left our community stunned and grieving.

As the investigation continues into the cause of the blast, the Victoria community has rallied around the Singer family as they begin the process of recovery from the loss of a wife, mother and the place they once called home. Parker Singer, the family's 4-month-old baby, was recently released from University Hospital in San Antonio, and while we are saddened by the loss of her mother, we are glad to know Parker will be OK. Parker's survival is a miracle, and we hope she will have a lifetime of joy to share with her father, Travis Singer, and the rest of her family.

The community's support for this family is truly amazing. A GoFundMe page was created by Kacie Schmidt Balfanz to help the family by encouraging people to donate clothing, diapers, infant care supplies, gift cards, money and more. As of Monday afternoon, more than $75,000 was raised through donations from more than 900 families for the Singer family.

This overwhelming show of support shows the beautiful spirit of people from Victoria and the Crossroads. The explosion was a horrible event that has left a void in the lives of so many people. But the actions of the community in raising thousands of dollars and passing on messages of love and support has shown the love Victorians have for their fellow residents. We hope all of this will help soothe the family's pain and help them heal by knowing there are others who care and are willing to help.

We applaud all of the people and families who have stood by the Singers during this difficult time. The destruction of the Singers' home was a tragedy no one expected or could have predicted. But even though their loss was terrible, it is possible to heal and recover.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, services will be held for Haley Singer. We wish the family the best as they recover from the shock of that day. Their loss was terrible.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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