Sunday, September 11, 2011

The aftermath....

The water has receded.  What's left looks even worse than when the water was there.  Luckily, the water never made it up to the first floor of the house, like they anticipated it doing when they evacuated.  Which also means... all of their pets that they had to leave behind are safe!

However, everything in the basement and garage are TRASHED.  Full of mud and debris.  They currently have a huge dumpster and are just tossing everything in there.  The estimated damage, last I heard, was over $50,000.  They still don't have electricity, plumbing, or septic.  No showers, no cooking, no lights, etc.

Jessica said that because the water didn't reach the first floor, a lot the things they need were salvaged.  However, they did NOT have insurance to cover flooding, since it is so rare in their area, so unless FEMA steps in, they will have no financial assistance besides what we can raise to help them.

So PLEASE do what you can.

Here is a list of things that they need to get by during the clean up process.

They found the van.... on top of a riding mower.

The bridge to their house.

The bridge, again.
A home on their street.

What was left of a garage.
Their son's soccer ball, and a paint can, found a mile away.

There used to be a log cabin and play furniture here....

Their garage...

The playpen

Inside... covered with muck

Their beautiful baby boy.

Please do one of the following:

1. Spread the word. If you  have a blog, post, and ask people to follow this blog, and join the facebook group.  If you are on ANY social network, PLEASE spread the word.  The more people know about this, the more likely we will have enough help.

2.  You can send gift cards or items they need to clean up by ordering them off of their Wal-Mart wish list.  You can order either Wal-Mart gift cards, or Visa gift cards.

3.  You can pray, or send positive thoughts, or well wishes their way, or whatever you do.  Leave a message here to show them you are thinking of them. Just keep positive vibes heading in their direction!

4.  You can donate funds by using the Chip In button on the right hand side of this post.

Please don't just do NOTHING.  Everyone is capable of doing at least ONE of those things listed above.  Please do your part to help. Think of what you would do if this was you... or your kids and grand-kids.

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