Car Dealership Helps Family After Losing A Baby Girl

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- When a Superior family tragically lost a child recently a car dealership in Hermantown decided to step in to help them.

The Christianson's say they're stunned by the generosity of the Twin Ports community.

After three long months in the hospital, both Lacey and Lilly, two identical twin baby girls were home together.

The Christianson family was complete.

"The most terrifying thing, it's just something you never thought about," Heather Christianson said. "Even when they were born at two pounds five ounces you know you never, it never went through my mind that one of them wasn't going to make it."

Lilly, died last month in her sleep from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome involving sleep apnea.

"They just say some babies are just born with it, and it's something in their brain that just tells them to stop breathing," Christianson said.

Around that same time, the couple was working to finance and buy a new car at the Kolar-Chevrolet-Buick GMC car dealership in Hermantown.

When the dealership learned of the family's tragedy, it decided to give them a used van.

Just sometimes when you hear things like that, something gets you, it grabs you inside and it just happened to be one of those times.

A time and a gift that continues to leave the entire family speechless.

"It's a good feeling, it helps out a lot," Jarrad Christianson said. "Less stress, less to worry about. I was kind of surprised that people still do that kind of stuff."

The family says its moving forward, small steps at a time, and taking no day for granted.

"These girls brought so much into our family, and loosing Lilly, the whole family, it's a loss for the whole family," Melinda Gayken, grandmother said. "We've all come together."

A benefit for the Christianson family will be held on Oct. 13 at Norm's Beer and Brats in Superior from 2-7 p.m.

A memorial bank account has also been set up at Park State Bank in Duluth.

Jennifer Walch
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