Local family returns to Peru

CHAMPLAIN For Amy House and her son, Ian Brassard, joining the folks on last years Southern Cross Humanitarian mission was a life-changing experience.

It was one that was meant to be, said House, and now her husband Sherb plans to join them for a return trip to the Sunflower Orphanage in Cusco, Peru.

Yesterday marked the thirteenth anniversary of our sons passing, she said quietly, so we visited the Angel of Hope (a monument the couple had helped bring to the Riverside Cemetery in Chazy) and brought a bouquet of sunflowers to lay there.

They were always Scotts favorite flowers, she added.

As fate would have it, that Angel Monument stems back to a best-selling novel, The Christmas Box, written by Richard Paul Evans. That story told of a woman who found comfort at the base of an angel statue as she mourned the loss of her child.

House read another of Evans books, called The Sunflower, written about the orphanage in Peru, and it was then that she decided to go there to help the children and families featured in the story.

I absolutely fell in love with the children there, House said, and I hope to make this an annual thing. We want to do this in memory of our son.

In order to do so they had to raise funds for their airfare and expenses as well as for humanitarian aide.

The House family sent out letters to family, church members (from both the Mooers United Methodist and Three Steeples in Champlain) and friends in February, and the response has been wonderful.

Every day we get a letter with a check in the mail, House said.

She also met a woman through her church, who had told her of a quilt she had made to raise money for another cause. Before she knew it, the lady, Trudy Berger, had found material that she had once tucked away and forgotten about - much to Houses amazement, it was Sunflower pattern. And it was also discovered that Berger had been Houses boss about twenty-five years prior to having met at church.

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