HONESDALE—The Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday July 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the Bivins family of Rob, Jessica and their three sons.
At the beginning of May, Rob Bivins was seriously injured in a road construction accident in Preston Township.
According to Jessica, her husband was pinned between two pieces of machinery while at work for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
As a result of the accident, both of Rob's legs were broken.
Rob spent roughly five weeks split between CMC and Danville where he received five surgeries to repair the damage to his legs, Jessica explained.
After that, he spent roughly two weeks in Good Shepherd Rehab at Wayne Memorial Hospital beginning his recovery process, but shortly thereafter was subject to an emergency surgery.
Luckily, Jessica reports that Rob has been doing well since and is expected to make a full recovery given ample time to heal.
Despite being predominantly in a wheelchair for the moment, he is able to stand and move his legs slightly in moderation, stated Jessica.
“It's going to be a long journey,” she said.
Having visitors and community members offer support has been helpful along the process, stated Jessica.
All things considered, Rob does enjoy being home with his three sons, the oldest of which recently graduated from Honesdale High School in June.
According to Jessica, their three children have all been stepping up the best of their abilities to help out as well.
The Bivins family are very active in their local cub scout troop, stationed out of Grace Episcopal. Jessica explained that it was through this troop that they met the benefit's organizer Angela Kinney who leapt at the chance to offer aid.
Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner benefit will go towards helping the Bivins family pay medical bills and help offset the other expenses accrued over the course of the incident so far.
Jessica estimates that Rob will be out of work for about a year while he recovers and she has been also been missing work days while providing care for him.
In addition to good food, the dinner will feature basket raffles as well as a gun raffle put together by two of Rob's PennDOT coworkers.
Tickets for the benefit will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children two to twelve. They can be purchased ahead of time by calling Angela at (570) 687-7777, Cecilia at (516) 993-6650 or Jeanine at (570) 647-7564.
Guests will also be able to purchase a ticket at the door. Tickets are applicable for either dine-in or take-out.
Grace Episcopal Church is located at 827 Church Street in Honesdale.
Those looking to help in other ways can also donate to the Robert Bivins Benefit Fund through the Honesdale National Bank.
In recognizing all the help the community has been throughout Rob's healing process, Jessica stated “I would like to thank everybody who offered thoughts and prayers.”