Calista Persicke. (Web photo)

Calista Persicke. (Web photo)

UPDATED: Community supporting central Alberta family after ATV fire, COVID-19

Bottle drive being extended to April 16

The Ponoka community is coming together to support a local family going through an unthinkable time.

Seven-year-old Calista Persicke is recovering at the Stollery Children’s Hospital from burns covering over 40 per cent of her body after an ATV accident on March 13. Calista’s father was also injured in the accident and was unable to work for awhile.

Her mother, Holly, was also admitted in hospital with COVID-19 and Calista has now tested positive as well.

The family’s current situation is being shared with their permission.

Fundraising efforts are underway to support the Ponoka family, including a bottle drive orchestrated by Calista’s friends, Aubree Reynolds and Ronin Dillon, with the help of their moms, Nicole Reynolds and Nicole Dillon.

Nicole Reynolds says the bottle drive was the children’s idea, and she’s very proud of them.

“Not many seven-year-olds would think of doing that to help a friend,” she said.

Over a two-week period, the group collected a 30-foot long, and five or six feet high, pile of bagged bottles.

There are so many in fact, that they will be using a relative’s cattle trailer to bring them all to the depot. After such a positive response, the group decided to extend the bottle drive to April 16.

Nicole Reynolds says she hopes the funds help with some of the costs facing the family right now, such as travel, caring for their other child, and household bills.

“They have enough stress taking care of their daughter, they shouldn’t have to worry about anything else,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds is collecting gift cards for gas or restaurants for the family. If you’d like to contribute a gift card, or have bottles you’d like to donated, contact Reynolds at nicolereynolds@live.com or call or text 587-877-6626.

GoFundMe

A GoFundMe account organized by Dee Green, “Help in Healing Calista Persicke,” is doing well, with over $23,000 raised by April 1.

According to the page, Calista made it out of her first surgery and was recovering as of March 18, but her entire face was wrapped in order to heal.

As Holly was admitted with pneumonia and is on oxygen and isolated, she isn’t able to be with Calista until she is better.

“We are so truly appreciative and thankful to everyone for their love and support,” said Holly in a comment to Ponoka News.

“We honestly can’t even begin to express our gratitude, this could have been so much worse and everyone has made it just so much easier.”

fundraisingPonoka

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

A great big pile of bottles were donated to help out the Persicke family. (Photo submitted)

A great big pile of bottles were donated to help out the Persicke family. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

(Image from Facebook)
Some rural central Alberta students return to online learning

Grades 6 to 12 at Coronation School impacted

Instructor Brandt Trimble leads an outdoor spin class at RYDE RD. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Fitness facilities continue to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

‘It’s really frustrating to be one of the targeted businesses’

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins (Photo contributed)
Federal budget strangles job growth, says MP Blaine Calkins

‘It is most certainly not a balanced budget’

Kids at Lotsa’Tots West Day Care in Red Deer act out how a caterpillar moves with co-owner and instructor Shireen Sewcharran-Wiebe. Child care providers are hoping Alberta’s provincial government will help fund the national child care program announced this week. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Alberta day care providers hope Alberta will get onboard with national child care program

Some question whether the UCP’s ideology will stand in the way

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Jason Nixon, minister of Environment and Parks after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. Town council from the largest municipality in Nixon's constituency is concerned over the province's consultation plans for open-pit coal mining in the Rocky Mountains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Town of Rocky Mountain House wants better coal consultation

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Town council from the largest municipality in… Continue reading

A vial of the Medicago vaccine sits on a surface. CARe Clinic, located in Red Deer, has been selected to participate in the third phase of vaccine study. (Photo courtesy www.medicago.com)
Red Deer clinical research centre participating in plant-based COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Red Deer research centre has been selected to participate in the… Continue reading

A man walks into a Cargill meat processing factory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Site of COVID outbreak last year: Vaccination clinic at Alberta meat plant postponed

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for thousands of workers… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks at a television screen as he listens to United States President Joe Biden deliver a statement during a virtual joint statement following a virtual meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘We hope to help a little more’: Biden says he spoke to Trudeau about more vaccines

WASHINGTON — Canada can look forward to an unexpected shot in the… Continue reading

The Mission Correctional Institution in Mission, B.C. is pictured Tuesday, April 14, 2020. A new federal study found that people released from prison were much more likely than the general population to have trouble finding gainful employment, even over a decade after returning to society. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Ease employment hurdles for former prison inmates, federal study urges

OTTAWA — A new federal study found that people released from prison… Continue reading

Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem holds a press conference at the Bank Of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bank of Canada keeps rate on hold, sees brighter economic outlook

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate… Continue reading

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. Tam says new information on COVID-19 and variants prompted the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to suddenly cancel its planned update on who should get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
AstraZeneca advice from national panel delayed by new data on COVID-19 and variants

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health officer says new information on COVID-19… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks at a television screen as he listens to United States President Joe Biden deliver a statement during a virtual joint statement following a virtual meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau pressured to adopt tougher emissions target for Biden climate summit

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure to step up… Continue reading

Passengers from Air India flight 187 from New Delhi wait for their transportation to quarantine after arriving at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
ICU pressures mount as COVID fells younger people; Ottawa mulls India travel ban

TORONTO — Amid mounting pressures on critical care in hospitals and concerns… Continue reading

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on in Ottawa on Monday April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Three confidence votes to determine fate of minority Liberal government

OTTAWA — A pair of proposed changes to the federal budget put… Continue reading

Most Read