The Stoltzfus Family, Owners of the Dutch Family Restaurant in Germantown, Involved in Serious Auto Collision

The Stoltzfus family, owners of the Dutch Family Restaurant located inside of the Lancaster County Dutch Market at 12613 Wisteria Dr. in Germantown, were injured in a serious car accident in South Carolina on Sunday morning.  The family was traveling to Florida for a vacation.

A GoFundMe has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/f/jr-ruthies-accidentwe

The restaurant posted an update on their Instagram page on Tuesday:

“As some of you may have heard by now, JR & Ruthie (owners of Dutch Family Restaurant and Beautiful Home Furniture and Design), their family, and Ruthie’s younger sister were in a bad accident early Sunday morning while on their way to Florida for a long anticipated vacation.  A car was out of gas and had completely stopped in the left lane, with its lights off except for the flashers. It was still dark and foggy, and Ruthie didn’t see the car until seconds before she hit it.

Everyone, except for Ruthie and their 11 year old daughter, sustained varying degrees of injuries. JR has a fractured/ broken back and has been released with a back brace. One of their 14 year old twin sons had surgery to fuse two fractured vertebrae together, he was released out of PICU to a regular room yesterday. Their other twin son has bumps, bruises and a sore back and was discharged yesterday. Their youngest daughter (6 years old) also has a broken/fractured back and was moved out of PICU to a regular room yesterday. Ruthie’s younger sister is in the trauma unit and has major stomach injures and had emergency surgery to repair the injuries.

They are surrounded by a strong support system of friends, family, employees and the local community here and in Dillon, SC where the accident happened and are being so well taken care of by the hospital in Florence, SC. Please keep them in your prayers as they navigate the road to recovery.”

Our thoughts are with the Stoltzfus family and everyone at the Dutch Family Restaurant.

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

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This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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