Some eastern Iowa families that are coping with both unthinkable loss and recovery are getting a helping hand from Iowans, thanks to a church in their hometown.

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Friday morning, January 27, four people were killed and nine others injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 20 near Wellsburg in north central Iowa.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 15-passenger van was westbound on Highway 20 at approximately 6:35 a.m. when it lost control, entered the median, and rolled. The vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lanes.

22-year-old Ervin J. Borntreger, 4-year-old Emma Borntreger, 2-year-old Rebecca Borntreger, and 1-year-old Marlin Borntreger were all killed in the crash. All four of those killed and eight of the other nine people injured were from Delhi. The other was from Hopkinton.

On Monday, the Delhi United Methodist Church started a GoFundMe in partnership with Heritage Bank in Delhi. The GoFundMe page states "there were three children and a father who lost their lives. Several others have been badly injured."

In addition to the GoFundMe page, money can be donated at the church, thrift store, or Heritage Bank in Delhi. Checks should be made out to Delhi United Methodist Church with "Amish Community" in the memo line of any checks written.

According to the church, "100% of the funds will go directly to the two families to help them in this difficult time." As of 5:30 p.m., the GoFundMe had already raised more than $1,600. The page is available HERE.

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