The Erin Carter Family Support Fund
Organized by: Krystel Viehmann Cunningfolk
Many of you know Erin Carter as a local birthworker for our community. She is an incredible resource, having served countless individuals and families as a labor and postpartum doula, lactation educator, and placenta encapsulator. Erin is generous-hearted and quick-witted, bringing laughter and warmth wherever she’s at. It is with much sorrow then that we share the following news. On the morning of December 22, the Carter family experienced an unexpected loss with the death of Erin’s mother, Lesley.
From Erin: "Today is a very sad day for my family; my mother Lesley unexpectedly passed this morning. She had been released from the hospital just over a week ago and was receiving physical therapy and nursing care at a local care facility. She was taken back to the ER early this morning and passed less than an hour after she arrived despite every effort the doctors made. My mom loved us dearly and was so happy to have spent time living with us this year and watching Hannah grow. She was a big fan of Christmas and family traditions, so please hold your family extra close and make special memories together over the coming holidays in honor of my mom."
Not only was Lesley valued as a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, but she also contributed to the household budget. Early in the year when Lesley came to live with her family a combined family budget was formed and they rented a special home with enough space and handicapped accessibility for the whole family. In addition to covering final expenses, Erin and Lonnie will now need to move house for the second time in less than a year further complicating an already challenging time and adding to their unexpected expenses on top of the day-to-day needs of putting food on the table, gas in the car, and other basic living expenses.
Erin has been a source of support for so many in our community as a doula, educator, and friend. We are asking for the support of our amazing community to support Erin and her family in turn. On behalf of the Carter family we are asking for donations of financial support to help Erin, Lonnie, and their daughter Hannah meet their financial needs this winter.