PARKLAND, FL - The Koss family has been there to help the Parkland community since they first moved to Parkland five years ago. Now, the Koss family needs Parkland's help. Husband and father Jeffery Koss has terminal cancer and is expected to pass soon. Children, Morgan Koss (15), Connor Koss (13), and Owen Koss (12), will lose their father. Mother and wife Alison Koss will be a single mom with crushing medical bills to pay while providing for her children.
Since moving to Parkland, Jeff was excited to be part of the Parkland Little League. He began as a coach and when his health declined and he was no longer able to physically coach, he became a board member. In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, Alison Koss provided free childcare at the Parkland Recreation Center during the vigil. She held free camp for children during the wakes and funerals. Alison Koss also was the lead coordinator for fundraising and raised over $120,000 in sales of t-shirts for March for Our Lives. She is the owner of Art Paper Scissors in Parkland, which will turn three in July.
She said, "Through our children and our business, we became fortunate enough to meet so many other wonderful members of the Parkland family who have never turned their backs on another during their time of need. We, as a family, have always been so very proud to be a part of the Parkland community. No matter what our community is going through, or what hurdles our family is going through, our community has always selflessly banded together to hold all of its residents up."
Alison Koss said, "You've often heard the old adage 'it takes a village' -- but Parkland puts those words to life. Parkland is often referenced as a great place to raise a family and we know firsthand those sentiments to be true: the Parkland community has simply become like family."
The family is in need of support from the Parkland community. She said, "Money, gift cards to Publix and other local restaurants are helpful. Paper goods are always helpful and snacks for the kids." All such support can be dropped off at Art Paper Scissors, 6654 Parkside Dr, Parkland, FL
Financial donations can be made here.
"Jeff told us that he felt comfort in knowing that the kids would be okay. He felt the love and support that this community had shown us, and he found comfort in knowing that said love and support would continue to hold our family together in the future as well. We are so grateful and proud to be a part of the Parkland family," she said.