Sanford, Fla. – It has been a heartbreaking 12 months for Aaron Butler, his spouse passing away and his enterprise coping with hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the Sanford group got here collectively to assist the native enterprise proprietor.
This 12 months has been troublesome for Aaron Butler. His spouse, Amanda, and his two daughters Emerson, 9, and Delilah, 2, had been on their technique to the seashore in Might once they obtained right into a crash.
“A bike and her collided,” stated Aaron Butler. “Flipped the automobile.”
Amanda died within the crash, fortunately, their two younger daughters survived.
“She was a fantastic mother,” stated Butler. “I couldn’t do half the issues she does.”
Amanda’s loss of life continues to be arduous for his two-year-old to understand seven months later.
“This morning she’s like ‘the place’s mommy, the place’s mommy’,” Butler stated.
Now a single dad, Butler is making an attempt to make the vacations simply as particular for his women, which incorporates the little issues like Elf on the Shelf.
“One factor is staying on prime of that elf factor,” stated Butler. “Each night time I’m like alright obtained to stand up and transfer the elf.”
Personally and professionally, 2020 has been a troublesome 12 months for the household. Butler owns Creations Catering and Events in Sanford and a rental enterprise Park Place Inn and Cottages. However, income has been plummeting due to the pandemic.
Now Butler is making an attempt to adapt. He is been promoting at-home individual and family meals that you can get delivered.
“It’s like how are you going to get enterprise in the midst of a pandemic while you run a enterprise that’s geared towards massive teams and a trip rental enterprise that’s geared towards journey,” stated Butler. “It’s like a double hammer. It’s been robust.”
On Thursday, the Sanford group coming collectively to make the vacations brighter for the Butler household. The Sanford Reduction Fund, Jeff Small and his enterprise Superior Composite Constructions stunning Butler with a $7,000 verify to assist him and his companies.
Whereas Amanda will not be with Butler and their women this Christmas, she will likely be of their hearts together with a group by their facet.
“Speechless I’m not used to crying like this,” stated Butler after receiving the verify. “I can’t thank everybody sufficient.”
His coworkers have additionally began this donation page.
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