Supporting The Chapman Family

January 2016

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Our community is coming together to help...

The Chapman's beautiful log home, kennel and a vehicle were completely destroyed by fire January 13. Thankfully, Bill, Elaine, Colton and Catarina were not in the house at the time. Bill’s Father (and neighbor) discovered the fire and managed to rescue tracker bloodhound, Tessie, despite the whipping winds and intense flames, but Colton’s tracker Bloodhound Doza, Pita the cat, rabbits Butterball and Chuck, hamster Chuck and Abbie the rat, all died in the blaze.

Bill recently transitioned work as a physical therapist to full-time Phillipston Police Officer, with K-9 Tessie. Bill is an eight-year, part-time Royalston officer. Elaine is in-home physical therapist. Colton and Catarina are in the Royalston Community School’s fourth grade and kindergarten. The family is involved in sports, and Cub Scout Pack 193, where Colton is a Webelos.

Royalston Community School and the Police Association are teaming up in coordinating relief efforts – and there are many for this highly-respected, much-loved family. Efforts got off to an impressive start with Cub Scout Pack-organized $5,000 and police-organized $50,000 “GoFundMe” pages, both near goal within three days. RCS has also taken in hundreds of donations of initial needs like clothes, shoes and work/school essentials.

This newsletter includes on-going efforts as of a January 14 meeting between RCS and Royalston Police Association.

Gift Card Drive

RCS is the drop-off point for gift cards, which can be used for needs ranging from replacing uniforms, computers and work equipment to replacing supplies like toiletries and paper goods; dog chow and people food… there will be needs discovered for many months to come. Cash donations left at RCS will go into a VISA cash card.

Cash Donations

All Royalston Police Officers are accepting cash and/or checks written to the Chapmans, or to the Royalston Police Association. Chapmans’ checks and cash will be delivered daily by a patrol officer; Association checks will be batched together and paid out on an intermittent basis. The Administrative Sergeant, listed below, will record donations for internal records, however a donor can remain anonymous. Messages for Sgt. Wayne Gelinas may be left at 978-249-5838.

On-Line Giving Chapman Family Relief Fund

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Wishing Tree

Among the many great ideas for replacing what Chapmans have lost is the Wishing Tree, “planted” in RCS’ main lobby. Each family member has listed some specific items they would really like – not the necessities, but some nice things they’re really missing. The public is invited to select tags from the tree, fulfill the wish, and leave the wished for item under the tree.

Meal Deliveries

When Royalston folks don’t know what else to do, they feed – in quantity and frequently. To ensure food for the Chapmans – Bill & Elaine, Colton and Catarina, and his parents Bruce and Sylvia –isn’t wasted, there is a “Supper Sign-Up” at RCS. For those who wish to gift serving dishes, pans or an appliance like a slow cooker, a list will be maintained at the school to limit duplicates. Those wishing to provide a meal or some goodies for lunches and snacks may select a date and deliver donations to RCS any time during the school day. In order to reduce traffic on that dirt road, food will be delivered by the Royalston Police. Contact Marie Lajoie at RCS, 978-249-2900.

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Benefit Dinner


Athol-Orange Elks – Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 - $20/ea; Max. 300!

Cocktails 5:30p; Dinner 6:30 p.m.; Dance ‘til 11 p.m.

Call Royalston Police Officer Jen Caisse 978-249-5838

Replacing Lost Mementos

Baby pictures, proud moments, house building progress, holidays, puppies, school photos showing lost teeth, funky hair and vintage clothing. It’s all gone. If YOU have any images of anything meaningful to them, please share! Graphic artist and professionally trained photographer Emily Putney Porrazzo will accept digital or will scan actual photos. Contact Emily at 978-320-7251, or on Facebook, Emily Porrazzo.

Clothing Sizes for Donations

RCS is the drop-off point for clothing. Donations are in a private area for the family to go through and take as needed. When items are no longer needed they will be available to RCS families in need or donated to the Salvation Army. Contact Marie Lajoie at RCS, 978-249-2900.


Large men’s shirts
32” x 29” pants
9 ½ - 10 shoes


L/XL women’s shirts
10-12 Misses pants
8 ½ - 9 shoes

12-14 boys’ shirts
12-14 boys’ pants
(elastic waist)
6-6 ½ boys’ shoes

4T-5T girls’ shirts
4T-5T girls’ pants/dresses
9 child’s shoes

Keeping Up On Events & Progress

The following resources will be helpful in keeping up with updates to events and progress being made to support our family.

Royalston Community Newsletter & Website

Facebook – Royalston Community School PTG
Facebook – Royalston Police Department
Facebook – Royalston Fire & EMS Association
Athol Daily News, Telegram & Gazette, Winchendon Courier