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Fundraising continues for the Spece family

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Date Modified: 02/05/2013 4:17 PM

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa —Building a Dream has a new video about the Spece family and the group's plans to give them a brighter future.

Over the past 11 months $82,000 has been raised toward a $200,000 goal, said Building a Dream in the Country Committee co-chairs Kathy Finholt and Shalon Frye.

Once the home is finished and the family moved in, plans are to raise an additional $50,000 for a breezeway and garage. The breezeway will include a tornado room to protect the family during storms.

Sue Spece has lived for years knowing she has no way to get her children to safe shelter during storms. The garage will allow the family to enter and exit vehicles out of the weather. That luxury, along with an indoor tire washing area in the breezeway, will reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the home by 3 wheelchairs.

The home will be built in rural Independence at 2587 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd, next door to the new location of Sue and oldest son Josh's business, "In The Country Garden and Gifts." Jacob's business, Johnston Creek Farms, is also at that location. With the help of a hired hand, Jacob custom feeds dairy calves. Daughter Jackie runs her own dance studio, Heinz Academy for the Performing Arts.

The rough economy has taken a toll on all three businesses, and the special equipment needed for daily living can get expensive. The Building a Dream in the Country Committee and many others are working to make life a little bit easier for the Spece family. The most important goal is to provide the equipment and space needed for Sue Spece to continue caring for her kids at home.

More information, along with the list of groups, organizations and individuals who have hosted fundraisers, can be found at