There are two little girls who spend their nights without a father. They were wrapped up in blankets on Christmas morning. They woke at four am. Not to Santa because, as far as they know, Santa is in prison. The two little girls woke up to the whimpers of their pet guinea pig. The oldest picked up her guinea pig and stroked its jittering fur. She whispered, “What’s wrong?” but it just kept whaling in pain. Thirty minutes later, the little girls’ guinea pig died in the oldest's arms. She cried and cried but found no comfort in those tears.
Only one thing could comfort her and that person remains thousands of miles away, on Christmas morning, behind concrete slabs, thinking about his daughters and how he wishes he could watch them open presents. But, the little girls can’t know that. Not for sure. See, it costs money, hundreds of dollars, to talk to Daddy. The girls don’t have that kind of money. Mom doesn’t have that kind of money. The little girls console one another and fall asleep and form crust on their wet eyelids as they try to forget that it’s Christmas and that their stove just stopped working and that their guinea pig just died and that their father has been ripped from their lives.
This is the 2017 Christmas of Edward Meiggs’ daughters.
There is a wife who, for the first time in over 20 years, is working two jobs.
She was a homemaker and homeschool teacher before last spring. She had a husband who worked to pay for his kids’ laser tag and take her to the local pub on his days off. She had a husband who involved her with his small business and it made her feel free. During summers, she did art shows and craft fairs. She taught her daughters how to make bows and jewelry. She gave her sons artistic outlets with paint brushes and sewing machines. She was taken care of and nothing could hurt her.
Now, she comes home after working two separate shifts from two separate jobs to a broken toilet and broken stove. She makes minimum wage as an unskilled worker and relies on her in-laws to help her pay bills. She never sees her kids and wonders what life will be like if her husband doesn’t come home. She doesn’t know how to make things better without him, because he’s always been the one to fix things. He fixed things in the house and he fixed her soul. Now, things in the house stay broken. Now, her soul drags with an emptiness only an abrupt slicing of her other half can cause. That slicing pierced through her last April when she heard a prosecutor lie and a judge let it happen.
This is the uncertainty of Edward Meiggs’ wife.
How to Help
The Meiggs' oldest daughter has started a fundraising campaign. The Free a Family campaign is through Go Get Funding and explains, from the family's perspective, what sort of financial and emotional struggles that plague the Meiggs. The Meiggs family asks that you consider donating to their survival. They've lost approximately $200,000 altogether and will continue to lose money as they appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.
Learn about the organizations that help free the wrongfully convicted. Go to this site's Wrongful Convictions page or Take Action page. There, you will be told how to find information regarding various not-for-profit organizations. You can get involved or donate to them. These organizations have made so much difference in the lives of innocent people. Their work is altruistic and honorable. Learn about these organizations now!