Monroe City is known for being a supporting community when its members have a need. The family of Dana Bassett have humbly continued through their daily routines, while trying to support Dana during his hospitalization, as he fights for his life through faith and prayer. A fundraiser dinner, hosted by Darlene Holliday, LaKeya Holliday and Eric Jones, is being offered on Friday, June 4, with two pick-up locations. Holliday explained, "God laid it on our hearts to help. This is something our family can do." Those picking up can do so at 11:30 a.m or 12:30 p.m. at either The Rocket gas station (for people ordering from Monroe City) or at Hardee’s in Hannibal (for Hannibal residents).
The meal will include homemade fried chicken, southern green beans, fresh pasta salad and a roll. All proceeds to benefit the Bassett family with expenses which can cause financial burdens. Those interested in helping support this cause are asked to pre-order their meal by calling (573)795-5588 by June 3. Orders can be paid through Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cashapp at $bassettbenefit. Orders must be prepaid. There will also be a Facebook Live Benefit Auction on June 5 at 6 p.m.
A bake sale was also held over the weekend on May 29, at Promiseland Family Church, with all proceeds going to help the Bassett family.
Dana has been in the hospital for several weeks. His wife, Anna, and their two children, Rueben and Maleah, have been home continuing with schedules of school and work. Anna is a full-time Headstart Teacher at the Monroe City Headstart and has continued to work through her husband’s illness and is his caretaker at home.
Currently Dana is at Landmark Hospital in Columbia, continuing to recover. He will receive therapy here, including goals which include weaning him off of the ventilator, increased strength and dialysis three times per week.