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Noelle Barrett

Hi! I'm Noelle Barrett, a staff reporter at the Press And Journal. I started here as an intern in January of 2012, before joining the staff last July.

I spend a lot of my time sitting at my desk, clicking away on my keyboard and talking on the phone-- but the reward of this job is getting to meet new people and hearing about their lives.

I really do believe some of the best stories come from people just like you and me. It's probably why I'm such a big reality TV junkie-- I love those shows about the couponers and cheapskates, inmates and hoarders.

I was born and raised in Girardville, a small town in coal country--yes, I'm a "Skook." Ever since I was a kid, I always asked questions, which suits me well in this job, but drives my friends and family nuts.

I sort of stumbled into the world of journalism during my college years at LVC, where I also played on the rugby team (I was a hooker).

That's enough about me, but I'd love to hear about you--so feel free to comment on my blog posts, or send me an email. :)

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I'm always amazed by the kindness of others, the love people have for friends, family, and complete strangers. Not because I don't think people are good; I believe everyone has some sort of good within them, but because even when people have so little, their compassion can compensate in providing a gift to others.

This job offers plenty of opportunities to meet wonderful people, who do good, because they have a desire to change something, to help someone. B{jcomments on}ut at times, it's hard to feel good as a tragedy unfolds.

So Saturday morning when I woke up as my phone went off, there was a bit of a grumble as I learned about a fire in Middletown earlier that morning. That selfish, momentary thought about having to get back to work was quickly subsided, as I learned of what transpired.

No, not the facts of the blaze, but rather, the actions of others after the Radabaughs home was destroyed. It didn't take long for Beth Stump, a family friend, who considers the Radabaughs like family, to start a group on Facebook, "Rally for the Radabaughs" It also didn't take long for people to come together-- for friends and family, acquaintances and strangers, to give what they could spare, to take the time to organize and come together.

A business donated hygiene products. A woman offered up furniture, after she suffered her own loss, that of her mother. Some offered storage for the items. Many offered clothes, money, and most importantly love and support.

It was enough to stir a lot of emotions, to take the time to feel thankful for what I have, to root through my closets and prepare what I could.

The road to recovery and normalcy will be difficult for the Radabaughs, but they will not be traveling alone.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

DONATE:
-GiveForward Campaign- Donate funds online by clicking here

Items needed:

-Monetary donations
-Gift Cards
-Clothing
The sizes of clothing needed include:
Men’s: pants- 36x34, 32x34, 32x30, 30x30; shirts- small, medium, large, and 2X; shoes- 10.5, 9, 9.5, 7
Women’s: pants- 14 or 16; shirts- L or XL; shoes- 9
Girls’: Shirts and pants- 10; shoes- 1

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Beth Stump is accepting donations at 113 Elmwood Drive, Middletown. Please contact Beth regarding large donations, such as furniture, as several locations are being set up for storage. 
You can reach Beth Stump at 717-343-0245 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Her address is: 113 Elmwood Drive, Middletown

OTHER PLACES ACCEPTING DONATIONS
-Royalton and Highspire United Methodist Churches taking donations
-GIANT Foods in Middletown- accepting donations (clothing and monetary) at the service desk
-Middletown Youth Club: Monday, Oct. 28-Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-7p.m. at the practice field concession stand
-Midtown Pizza will have a donation bin

EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS
-Saturday, Nov. 2: The Blue Room benefit dinner- percentage from food will go to the family
-With Kidz In Mind is selling "Raiders United" t-shirts. $6 from each shirt will go to the family. With Kidz In Mind FB Page

PLEASE comment below with any other fundraisers, events, donation drop-offs, collections, etc.

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  • Deb Drayer

    Noelle,

    I need clarification on information being published about the fund raiser at Midtown Pizza. Your paper has repeatedly reported that the dine-in fundraiser is being help on Nov 5th but I have from a number of sources close to Ms. Stump that it is not the 5th but the 11th, Veteran's Day. It was scheduled then to benefit from the Middletown schools being closed and hoping for diners all day rather than just in the evening. Can you clarify and make the necessary corrections? I was also disturbed to here that the price for the t-shirts first published by the Press and Journal was $12 when in actuality it was $10. No one took the time to call the owners to verify before publishing. I believe that was not responsible reporting.

    Deb Drayer Saturday, 02 November 2013 18:17 Comment Link

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