Build Barbara Garcia a Home (moore,ok)

Raised: $73,810.00
Goal: $60,000.00

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Erin DeRuggiero

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I am in contact with Barbara and her family. They are so thankful, humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and generosity. Before the CBS piece aired, I didn't know Barba... more


Updated posted by Erin DeRuggiero 2 months ago

Heard about a home health care worker in Oklahoma who could use some assistance. Thank you to Nancy O, a Barbara and Bowser fan, for suggesting I share her story.


Updated posted by Erin DeRuggiero 3 months ago

Barbara's been having some trouble getting her mail delivered to her new house! Until this is sorted, please send notes and packages to: 11629 S Western Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170


Updated posted by Erin DeRuggiero 3 months ago

Heavy hearts today. Barbara's beloved Bowser passed away this morning after having a stroke. He had been on medication after the tornado, due to fluid build up in his lungs and had been doing well, despite everything he'd been through. Please keep Barbara in your thoughts and prayers. Her address is pasted below if you want to send a note or a card.

Barbara Garcia
113 SW 8th Street
Moore OK 73160


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Created by Erin DeRuggiero on May 21, 2013

I am in contact with Barbara and her family. They are so thankful, humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and generosity. Before the CBS piece aired, I didn't know Barbara Garcia personally, but was incredibly moved by her story and of her reunion with her sweet dog, captured on CBS news (live) after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20th. Barbara could have been my mother, my grandmother, my neighbor or my friend. I was shattered upon seeing her home destroyed, her recounting her experience and her joy upon seeing that her dog had survived it all. My goal is to ease her recovery, raise enough money to help her start to rebuild or relocate her life, and above all else, to show her that "life in the big city" also means helping one another, even from 1500 miles away.

Some people may feel more compelled to donate money directly to the Red Cross or local Salvation Army chapters, which I completely understand. I was inspired to create this fund so that I could impact one person's life directly and personally, just as she impacted mine. How amazing would it be if social media and the power of human empathy could help build her a new home? Barbara did not have homeowners insurance and is temporarily living with her daughter and her grandchildren.

If I can inspire you to donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Barbara begin to build a new home (complete with a dog house for her canine companion) I'd be eternally grateful and it will go a long way. If you are unable to donate, please share the link with friends via facebook and twitter and help us get the word out about Barbara's story. And "in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

Let's show her what love and community is all about.

Erin DeRuggiero, Minneapolis, MN

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posted by Sandra Hardy 2 months ago

RIP Bowser, I know you will be truely missed.......

posted by Lori Watson 3 months ago

So sad... Rest in peace Bowser. :(

posted by Sharon Rideout 3 months ago

Barbara I've tried twice to just post a "heart" for you and your furman! "heart" from NC

posted by Amanda Ferrell 6 months ago

posted by Amanda Ferrell 6 months ago

Good luck on moving day and much happiness in your new home.

posted by Harriet Cohen 6 months ago

Hi Barbara and Bowser, I've been following your story from the beginning and donated early on. Just wanted you to know that there was a brief article about you and Bowser in BEST FRIENDS magazine, an animal rescue and sanctuary group. Everyone is grateful for such a heartwarming outcome. Good luck in your new home.

posted by Patricia Shea 7 months ago

Nice job Erin for all you have done for Barbara... If your interested I have a new fundraiser you could help with.... Just type in my name Jessica Comella in the search and its titled 6-year-old in need of funeral help... This lil girl has been through alot and now she is dying and her mother can't afford a funeral.. I seen it on the news and it touched my heart so I wanted to raise money for them.. You've done such a good job here maybe you can give me some tips to help them... My email is on my page hope to here from you and once again great job

posted by Jessica Comella 8 months ago

Thank you Erin--for pulling this together. I love all the updates on Barbara and Bowser. I can't wait to see their new home. God bless you all :)

posted by Jenn Duffy-Pearson 8 months ago

Barbara--we are also grateful that there is a way for us to reach out and help a person, to get to know you, Erin and Bowser and watch how things progress. Sometimes it feels like it's hard to make connections in our busy world, but you have brought us all together to do something good! Erin--they say that, if you want something done, ask a busy person, and you are the example of that--with your own life and your little ones, you found time to help all of us make a difference! Thank you. We all have gotten a lot out of participating in this effort--I have family that lives up in Guthrie, and I often worry about them. They were lucky this time, but I'm glad that I had a chance to help you rebuild what was in the path of destruction. Enjoy your new home--and I hope you find a great Hawaiian shirt to replace the one you lost...maybe Bowser can get a matching one....

posted by Peg Carlson-Bowen 8 months ago

Barbara, I just saw a picture of your previous home. Erin has posted a link online so we all could see it. While it was sad to see and think about what is no longer there, my mind went toward the future and your new home that is being built. You will make many good memories there. Bowser will be settled in and have new favorite places and before you know it, it will feel like home again :) I am praying for you and Bowser every step of the way. Blessings....

posted by Amy Paden 8 months ago

Barbara, I have been checking in ever since I saw you standing in the rubble of your home looking for your beloved family member, Bowsie. Although I had heard about the video and I knew what was going to happen, I shouted with joy (and cried)when I saw Bowsie trying to free himself from the rubble. I know how furbabies can become part of the family. I have a little Schnauzer mix that has me helped through some very rough times. I know you are going to be so happy in your new house with Bowsie by your side. Many blessings to you and your family. By the way, you threw away your shirt? Girl, you should have framed that! Erin, thank you for doing so much for Barbara and Bowsie. Many blessings to you too.

posted by Deidre Berry 8 months ago

I'm so happy the two of you got to meet well actually the three of you. When I saw your video and your puppy emerging from the devastation, alive and how happy you were, all I could think of is that could happen to me. This is what G_D meant when he said we should all come together and help one another. Even thought I only played a small part, it did help with all of the other people playing a part. Just to see you happy and healthy and in a new home soon makes me happy! Erin your a good loving caring person that G_D put into Barbara's life for a special reason. Happy Days!

posted by Linda Sadler Pritz 8 months ago

Dear Sweet Erin, just wonderful getting to see this video, really overwhelmed with all this love shown for someone so adorable as Barbara. It just shines through in pictures how very grateful and happy she is. I am so happy that they are doing so well, Bowser looks like some kind of lovely show dog, God Love It. Erin, you are an amazing person and for you to continue on they way you have, well, you are the angel that we all knew you were. Honey, there will be many many rewards for you kid when one day the Lord see all your kind deeds and care. Thank you to you sweet lady for caring for this precious and gracious lady and her amazing pup. Sincerely, Selene

posted by Selene Richardson 8 months ago

Hi Erin, I love this video! You have really gone all out on this. Such great work - bravo!

posted by Sonja Heck 8 months ago

I have been following Barbara's story from the beginning and have been happy to donate to be part of this wonderful cause. I have been so excited to see the house being built! Wow! So thrilled for Barbara and Bowser. Wish I could be there to give you both a hug. You deserve all this and more. Enjoy your time with Erin, a pretty awesome person!!

posted by Amy Paden 8 months ago

Congratulations Barbara and Bowsie. I hope that you are safe and happy in your new home. We all loved your story.

posted by Beth Wallace 8 months ago

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posted by Karim Allstar 8 months ago

We need your help also Help Children from Puno Peru I know you can help us !!!! Thanks for your time

posted by Rosario Quijandria 8 months ago

That's awesome

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