A friend of mine, Laura, whom our children carpooled to school with last year, lost her home due to fire. The home withstood the hurricane, and although they didn't have electricity, Laura's sister, her two neices, and her mother, the kids' grandmother, came to stay with her. (Above is an aerial view of her home prior to the fire.)
The neices had some candles lit in the back room. They think they blew them out. The grandmother was fixated on that room. She's a manic-depressive, and she was in a manic state over the clutter in the room. She went in and started tossing things around, then went outside again. Everyone was outside sitting near the pool enjoying the cool front we were being blessed with. Grandmother would not let it go - the room. Finally, Laura went to check on it just to get her mom to calm down.
The door knob burned her hand, fire singed her arm and part of her hair. The room was in flames. By the time the fire department got there, nothing was salvagable. The ceiling fans had melted, as had the sheetrock, and there is smoke damage to everything in the home, not to mention that much of their belongings are now in ashes. They literally have the clothes on their backs.
Laura is single. Her husband died in a motorcycle accident while she was pregnant with their son who is now 12 years old. She had finally bought her own home just a little over a year ago and was proud of the improvements she was adding to it. Now, it's gone. My heart aches.
I have things to donate, as I'm sure we all do, those of us that know her and live near her, but now I'm reaching out to you, my Internet friends and your friends and their friends. I am hoping to raise some money to apply toward her accomodations over the next few months. Will you help me? She'll need a place to stay, food to eat, furnishings, clothing, and deductible to pay the insurance when they finally get to her after all the hurricane victims get taken care of first. YES, she has a decent job, a good job, but these are all unexpected expenses that will really weigh her down. Everything was destroyed. I want this to be a welcome surprise for her in the next few weeks.
If you have the ability to donate ANY amount of money, please pray about it, and consider it, and if you feel it's a worthy cause, please click the donate button below and fill in the details. We will all be so grateful for any help getting her back on her feet with as much of her pride left intact as possible. Thank you for reading this.