From Jane Crouse, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, National Storytelling Network
On Sunday, November 9th, Philadelphia storyteller Linda Goss and her family experienced a house fire. The oil heater exploded and caught fire in the basement and destroyed their home and possessions. A detailed assessment of the cause and amount of damage has not been determined. It has been determined that the basement received the majority damaged. The first floor is damaged, and all windows and doors have been damaged. Her home is now boarded up.
Linda, her husband Clay, daughter Aisha, son Jamal and their family pet were blessed not to have been physically harmed. They are presently living separately with friends and trying to deal emotionally with their loss. From friends’ reports Linda has said her major concern now is to find a place where the family can be reunited and find some kind of familiar normalcy. She said she/they will accept any help anyone wants to offer as they begin their journey back from this unexpected tragic loss. Linda is asking for everyone to please pray for her and her family in this difficult time. Friends report that she is willing to accept help from anyone who is willing to help.
Across the country friends are reaching out to help the Goss family at this time. A storytelling and folk music benefit will be held this Sunday in Philadelphia to raise funds to help Linda and her family. The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. – which came into being through the vision, love, energy and tireless devotion of co-founders Mary Carter Smith and Linda Goss – will be coordinating efforts to raise funding to support the Goss family during the NABS conference next week in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A pioneer in the storytelling renaissance, Linda is the recipient of the 2003 Oracle Lifetime Achievement Award in Storytelling from NSN. If you are not familiar with Linda, please take a moment to learn more about her at www.lindagoss.com
Should you wish to show your support for the Goss family, donations (please make the check out to Linda Goss) and messages of support can be sent to Linda at the home of her neighbor and family friend:
c/o Yvonne DeVasty
6670 Blakemore Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Whatever you are able to contribute to assist the Goss family in rebuilding from this tragic loss will be greatly appreciated. As in the story of “Stone Soup,” if we can each contribute a little, together we can create nourishing support for our sister storyteller and her family in their time of need.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
National Storytelling Network