Once again, we have met our goal! Let's keep this thing going. We picked up the collection jars that Diane McKenna from 425 Daly placed in the local businesses and it tipped us over the $3500 mark. 2 minutes later 418 Daly handed me $50. It's so nice to see that the caring people outnumber the vultures.
We still have to take the change to the bank to be counted by the coin counter, so we're excited to see the number continue to rise.
I had a proud parent moment today when Rogue asked if he could give the contents of his piggy bank to the donation. I know he's been saving for a train set so I questioned if he understood that he'd never get it back. He said he understood and happily dumped it into the pile. He said he wanted the baby to have diapers. That's my boy!
Thanks again, everyone. We couldn't do it without you!
Should we raise the goal to $4000...who's with me??
Since my last posting still has me angry, I'm going to focus on a more positive aspect of today's events. I received a nice email today from the Police Commissioner's office in regards to Officer Battle... ...and Geno's, Pat's and Tony Luke's all agreed to place a poster about the website in their windows. No one loves South Philly more than those places...so please show some love for South Philly and donate what you can.
Dear Ms. Schaffer,
We are glad that Officer Battles was able to provide service to you and your neighbors in such a compassionate way, during such a critical time in your lives.
Police officers frequently go above and beyond in many ways throughout each day, but rarely speak of it or expect to be commended for it. Officer Battles actions are an excellent example of that.
Thank you for taking the time to write of her efforts. Your correspondence is being forwarded to her Deputy Commissioner, her Captain, and a copy will be placed in her Personnel folder.
Sgt. Barbara Vuillermet
Office of the Police Commissioner
As heartbreaking as it was to watch the family dig through the rubble to find valuables, it was more heartbreaking to find out that purses and bags pulled from the explosion site had been gone through and their contents had been stolen by scavengers with no morals.
I will never understand what kind of people kick people while they're down but I do know what goes around comes around.
Please try to put yourself in this family's shoes. Please donate. No amount is too small. It all adds up.
Many thanks to Scott Cole and Madelene Varalli for heeding the call and tipping us over the $3000 mark with their donations today. At the urging of the neighbors, we'll be raising the goal to $3500 as we still have donation jars out on the street and a few more donations that have been promised.
Let's keep the ball rolling because it's mighty difficult to start life over on $3000.
Thanks to EVERYONE who donated, shared the link, and prayed for the family.
Let's keep the momentum going.
I tweeted the link toDiBruno Bros. in the heart of the Italian Market and they heeded the call with a very generous donation.
Thanks for showing that you give back to the community. We love you!
930 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19147
To answer the question about the cat...
No one has stepped forward to say that that was the actual missing cat. The neighborhood is filled with strays. We have turned the matter over to the police who were contacting the family from 430.
It is our understanding that the cat had fleas, ear mites and worms which she has since been treated for. Doesn't sound like that was an indoor cat so we're not so sure it's the same one.
Either way, the police are handling it now.
Thanks for your concern, Colleen.
What a great day with fundraising! Diane McKenna, Rogue and I hit the streets and went door to door for about 3 hours today. We were so happy to have collected $378 from our neighbors on the surrounding blocks. Everyone, of course, was extremely generous and very concerned about the baby at 426.
It warmed our hearts today when a young boy went into the house, retrieved his piggy bank and donated 53¢ from his own money. People from every walk of life showed love for Daly Street today. Thank you for that.
It was nice to learn that we made front page news in the Inquirer and the article included our link. We have already received our first donation from a reader. Hopefully, there are more caring Inquirer readers out there.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated today. I thought that we would start to lose momentum but we're still going strong! We couldn't do it without you all, so a big THANK YOU!
Just starting to see the web address pop up in print. Robert Moran from the Inquirer was more than happy to help. Hope it sparks some donations!
Also, heard from the officer who adopted the kitten from the rubble. She is doing well and adjusting to life in an actual home. I hear she's a ball of energy. Pictures to follow.
Keep those donations coming! Every one one of them, no matter how small, is adding up to something big.
Thank you, everyone!
Rogue and I just got back from stuffing mailboxes with fliers and hitting up some of the local businesses for donations. We also checked on some of the jars that Diane McKenna from 425 Daly dropped off at the corner stores and it looks like they're filling up!
Just wanted to let everyone know how much their efforts and donations are appreciated. As donations have been coming in, I have been sending thank yous through the GoFundMe site. I hope everyone has been receiving them.
This morning I wrote an email to Police Commissioner Ramsey about how Officer Battles has really gone above and beyond her job description. Hopefully she will be recognized in some way (and it wouldn't hurt to have a police officer in my corner. You know how we all roll through stop signs in South Philly i.e. The "South Philly Slide"...just kidding...sort of.)
Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for donating, for sharing the site and for helping get the word out. We could not do it without everyone's help, so THANK YOU!
Let's keep up the good work and reach our goal. We're over halfway there!
Just learned that Fox, CBS, ABC and their affiliates have all shared the web address via Facebook and Twitter. Let's hope this thing gets legs as I'm determined to reach our goal.
Texted with Jon and he and Dayzze are so appreciative of everyone's help. He told me they were reading the page with tears in their eyes.
We're doing good things here, people, so let's keep the ball rolling.
Thanks for everything!
More good news! My main man, Walt Hunter from CBS3 and a woman from ABC came out today to JUST do stories on the donation site. They have both promised to tweet and have the website on the news tonight. C'mon donations!!!!
Wow! The donations are rolling in tonight. Getting the post on Councilman Squillo's site has definitely given us a little boost. Now if only we could get Mayor Nutter onboard.
Thank you to all of the neighbors who stopped by today with donations and a giftcard.
Since I love to report good news...I just received a text from the mother that the baby passed his hearing test so has no permanent damage from the explosion. Thanks for everyone's concern!
Many of you met Officer Battles as she patrolled our street immediately after the explosion. She was one of the officers who did her job but was kind and caring. She was also instrumental in getting me into my house to retrieve a few things, helped me carry my stuff to the car and sent me off with a hug. Just wanted everyone to know that she stopped by this morning to give me a big donation for the family.
If you see Officer Battles...show her some love. She gives great hugs.
Just reached out to Mayor Nutter's and Councilman Mark Squilla's offices. Hopefully, they can get the link up on their Twitter feeds and Facebook and we can keep this ball rolling.
Thanks for all of your generous donations. We have more promised for Friday and neighbors dropped some off at the house yesterday.
We're inching towards our goal.
"No one has ever become poor by giving."
"• Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank
Just wanted to let everyone know that we've gotten CBS 3 to pick up the story to get the word out about the donation site. They will be on hand to capture the moment the money is presented to this very deserving family.
Walt Hunter from Channel 3 also opened his own wallet after filming a story and made a donation.
Good deeds make your heart feel good.
We have been getting a lot of enquiries about accepting items for the family. Earlier today, I spoke with Police Officer Battles who was patrolling our street yesterday and today. She is making sure all of their clothing needs are taken care of through the police department. The baby has everything he needs because Jon has a lot of nieces and nephews so hand-me-downs are plentiful.
At this point, I think it makes the most sense to just accept monetary donations so we don't wind up with an influx of one item and nothing of another.
If anything changes, I certainly will keep everyone posted.
I'd also like to say that I've had several donations dropped off at the house and received one from one of the reporters.
Thanks again, everyone!
Before anyone has a fit, yes, there was another family involved in the explosion, but we have NO contact information for them. I am uncomfortable taking donations for a family that I do not know and have no contact information for, lest I be accused of running off with their share of the donations. The world has a way of making good deeds ugly, so I'm simplifying and raising money for the family we know and have been in contact with.
Last night a kitten emerged from the rubble and I had heard that the family at 430 hadn't found their cat. I asked the officers who were patrolling last night to please look for any info on the family that had been there but haven't heard anything.
If we get some information on them, we will start another page.
Thanks to everyone for their generous donations and for sharing the link.
As many of you have heard, the 400 block of Daly Street experienced a terrifying gas explosion on Monday which claimed several houses and their contents. Fortunately, everyone involved survived but that doesn't mean that we don't need help.
We're raising money for one of our young families who was living in 426 and lost everything. As reported, the couple and their infant were trapped in the rubble when 428 exploded.
It was beyond heartbreaking to listen as my neighbor, Jon, recounted with tears in his eyes what it was like for him and his family when the house next door to them exploded. They all happened to be in the living room at the front of the house and had just finished feeding their baby.
Jon was holding the baby when the house exploded. Instinctively, he shielded him as bricks came raining down. In the chaos, after they became trapped, he was able to begin pushing his way to the front of the house and although he was stuck, he yelled to the neighbors who were running over to help.
I will never forget hearing his cries as we were scrambling to safety of, "Help, Help! Someone help me! Please take my baby! Just take the baby!" Luckily, they were able to be rescued by neighbors and how no one was killed in all of this is beyond me.
Sadly, they learned today that it was unsafe to attempt to retrieve any of their personal belongings. Let's help them rebuild their lives and show them what being the City of Brotherly love is all about!
420 Daly Street