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Consider helping a Coug in need

Fire destroyed his home on Saturday.

Craig Powers with his dad, Steve.

There are a lot of people in financial distress right now for a lot of reasons, but this is one that I know personally, so I’m going to use our platform to make an ask.

You might know Craig Powers as one of our basketball-loving writers and my podcast co-host. If you’ve ever met Craig at a game in Pullman, there’s actually a pretty decent chance you’ve met his dad, Steve Powers. Steve is an incredibly kind man who is a whole lot of fun to be around.

On Saturday night, Steve was dealt a real bad break when the storms that blew through eastern Washington resulted in a lightning strike that in turn sparked a fire that burned a significant portion of his family’s home and has rendered it unlivable.

Steve, his wife Nancy, and her two sons are OK from a physical standpoint, but you can imagine the stress that such a disaster has caused — belongings on the lawn overnight, spending all day Sunday moving all the surviving non-essential possessions into a storage facility, spending the rest of the time moving the essential possessions into temporary housing, then finally trying to find a new place to live.

And also needing to pay for all that. Rent for the storage unit. First and last months rent for a new place — plus a deposit. Oh, and by the way, you might have noticed a lot of people are out of work right now. Without getting into more details, let’s just say this has been a real tough time for their family, independent of the fire.

Like I said, we all know there are a lot of hurting people right now, and there are a lot of places you can send money that need the help. However, if you’d like to lend a hand to Steve and Nancy, here you go.