Our 6 year old son Steven was diagnosed with Leukemia last summer....and just when our family thought nothing else could get worse, our home was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. We had over 3 feet of water in our home, and a large tree in our backyard fell on our shed and everything inside of it pretty much exploded....everything in that shed was everything I've ever saved from when our 3 children were born.
On Novemeber 21st...our son and our family was supposed to be going to Disney World for his Make-a-wish trip, but we had to cancel the trip because of the situation we have now been put in. There's so many things that we need to do with the house right now to prepare for it being rebuilt, or to find another home.
My husbands mother was kind enough to rent the home to us, but with Steven being diagnosed with Leukemia, me leaving my job to stay home and care for him, and Steve having a hard time finding work to pay the bills, his mother was kind enough to let us stay there rent free until we could get back up on our feet. Before we moved into that home, his mother was trying to sell the home because it was not her primary residence and it was much more than she could even afford, but she allowed us to stay there because we needed help and couldnt afford to live on our own at this time. To add to all this...we did not have flood insurance because the cost of it was way too expensive. Since the home was built, water has NEVER come into the home. This was the first time, and everything we had is now gone.
FEMA is helping people but because it is not our primary home they will not give us financial assistance, and because it is not Steve's mothers primary residence they will not give her the assistance either. We would have to apply for a low interest loan for financial assistance, and we don't have the money to repay that, and neither does his mother.
Because of this situation we are now in, his mother may be forced to sell the property as is. Which means that we will either have to purchase the home from her so we can get the assistance to make the repairs, or we would have to relocate and find another home, which we cannot afford.
We are completely starting over from scratch. We did save some tv's and the childrens video games, but everything else was lost...Our couches/beds/clothes/dressers/all of the childrens toys/kitchen/pots/pans/dishes/appliances.
We have set our goal high in hopes to try to replace everything we may possibly need and have lost.
We're asking for everyone's help, every dollar counts and will help us rebuild our home or to help our family find a new home. It is our wish to be in our "home" in time for Christmas so life can feel somewhat normal again during a very special time. We are asking for all types of donations, whether is $1.00 or more. We would love to accept clothes and furniture as well, but at this time, we have no place to put it. Please help us rebuild our home, so we can live life somewhat normal again. So our children can sleep in their own bed and sit at a table and have a home cooked meal. Maybe even to wake up to a beautiful christmas tree thats ours on christmas morning.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for all of your support. Once we have some money to start rebuilding, if you can donate your time to help us put new electric in and to put in new insulation and sheetrock etc....that would be greatly appreicated.