Help Honor Jared Knispel

Jared Knispel

Jared Knispel

Gift of Hope and two charitable groups are banding together to rebuild the home of Dave and Lauri Knispel. In the midst of a home demolition project, the couple’s 16-year-old son, Jared, tragically was killed in an accident in June 2013. Through his family’s selfless decision, Jared’s organs and tissue were donated, and he saved numerous lives.

Two organizations in Plano learned of the Knispels’ loss and stepped up to help. Tommy’s Gift, named in memory of three-week-old Tommy Zimmermann, is a foundation assisting Plano area families in need of home maintenance and repairs with the support of United Methodist Church of Plano members.

In addition, the Plano Building Community organization selects a family each year and provides labor and materials for an extensive home repair or improvement project.

Donations may be made with checks payable to Plano Building Community with “Tommy’s Gift/Jared’s house” in the memo and mailed to Tommy’s Gift, P.O. Box 113, Plano, IL 60545.

The Zimmermann Family -- Founders of Tommy's Gift

The Zimmermann Family — Founders of Tommy’s Gift

Or, you can make a donation online at

UPCOMING EVENTS to support this effort include:

Trivia Night: April 26 at the American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St., in Plano. Admission is $10 at the door, or free for children age 11 and younger. The evening also features silent auctions, raffles and giveaways.

Construction: May 23-26 at the Knispels’ home, 618 S. West Street in Plano. Skilled tradesmen are still needed and can join the project at any time during the weekend. Specific questions can be directed to Tom Zimmermann at 630-636-1288.


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