Adel family takes strength from #SpreadCheer donation

The Dawes family of Adel, from left, Colby, Bryce, Laurie and Braylon Dawes, gratefully accepted fellow Adel residents Chuck and Jean West's $1,000 donation to the LD Strong fundraiser through #SpreadCheer, a holiday giving campaign through Chuck’s company, Midwest Family Lending. LD Strong supports the Daweses through Laurie’s battle with ALS. Photo courtesy Midwest Family Lending

ADEL, Iowa – Inspired by the stories of the 25 families and organizations selected by Midwest Family Lending through its #SpreadCheer campaign, Adel residents Chuck and Jean West wanted to kick off 2021 by announcing one additional recipient, the Dawes family of Adel.

“Jean and I really enjoyed learning about all these awesome people and organizations,” said Chuck West, president of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company, “so much so that we’re adding one more. The daily examples of compassion, sacrifice and perseverance have been truly inspirational.  We are surrounded by communities made up of incredible people, and we’ve been reminded of that each day this past month.”

Laurie Dawes is a wife, mom, daughter, sister, nurse and Adel resident battling ALS. She’s spent many years caring for others. The Wests say now it’s time for the community to come together to support Dawes in her time of need.

“We’ve selected the Dawes family because we want them to know they have a community of support behind them as Laurie battles ALS,” said Jean West. “The medical bills, along with the living accommodations that come with ALS can become financial burdens on any family. But this burden doesn’t even compare to the emotional strains of living with the disease. We hope sharing their story spreads awareness of their situation and lifts them up with a little donation and a lot of love and prayers. Laurie has brightened many a room with her huge smile. We hope this will also bring a smile to her face!”

Learn more about Laurie’s story on her Facebook page.

Other Dallas County #SpreadCheer recipients included Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel, Van Meter Athletic Boosters’ Bulldog Boost, Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center and Cole Williamson of Adel. Visit the Midwest Family Lending website to learn the stories behind each recipient and why they were selected.

Midwest Family Lending is a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out the company’s calendar to learn more about the great causes it has supported this year through its MFLCares program.

Katie McIntyre is the marketing director at Midwest Family Lending.


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