Edna evacuated to Pittsburgh HurcnSandy

$4,410 of $3,600 goal

Raised by 30 people in 46 months
Susan Erson  PITTSBURGH, PA

My dear friend Edna Farrington, an 84 year old wheel chair bound former Embassy nurse and victim of Hurricane Sandy 
was evacuated from her nursing home in Far Rockaway, NYC after the storm. The nursing home where she was living is located a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean,  one of the worst hit areas in NYC.  

When I heard on the "national news" that residents from the nursing homes in Far Rockaway were being evacuated, I knew Edna was in one of those homes. At that moment I knew I had to  take action. My 17 year old son and I drove to NYC in search of Edna.  We found her and arranged to go back and pick her up a week later and bring her to Pittsburgh.   She has no  family to look out for her.  


Edna needs our help.  She is in need of $3600.00 to pay for the deposit at a nursing home and respite costs from when she first arrived in Pittsburgh. In January,  her pension will cover her  monthly nursing home costs. Her immediate need  is  the deposit money required by the nursing home and the money to cover her respite nursing home cost when she first arrived in Pittsburgh.  The nursing home has given us an extension of one week  to pay the deposit. The deposit is due on December 21, this Friday.


Edna entered my  life for the first time  when my husband Scott and I  were  in Mozambique with our young family.  She was the embassy nurse and took such good care of us in a difficult living environment especially with young children. 

I have been working really hard to try and get Edna's December pension and social security checks sent to her in Pittsburgh.  The checks went to her former nursing home and we are having great difficulty getting them to release her money.  Even if her funds do come in for December they will not cover the down payment  or respite costs she has incurred.

Bringing Edna to Pittsburgh has turned out to be an amazing journey of faith for me.  On  this journey, I  learned and experienced the following:
"Love is perfect kindness." and "Kindness is the shadow of God's spirit in us and in  the world."

Thanks for reading Edna's story.

 


 

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Update 4
45 months ago






Words cannot describe how grateful I am for your kindness, donations and your willingness to help a stranger. In six days "Team Edna" has collected $4,375.00. We exceeded the overall goal of $3,600 by $735. 00 That's huge!!!

When I went to get Edna in Far Rockaway, NYC three weeks ago, I was surprised to see that all of her belongings fit into two small boxes. The money donated to Edna that exceeds the overall goal will be deposited into her recently opened bank account and used by her to buy some essentials. We will use the extra donated money to purchase a more suitable wheel chair for Edna. She is in need of wheelchair that is a better fit for her, more comfortable than the basic wheelchair covered by insurance. Thanks to your generosity we will now be able to make that happen.

Thanks again to all of you, my church family at First Lutheran, my friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers, for your willingness to open your hearts to someone in need.

Blessings to all of you this holiday season.
Susan
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Update 3
45 months ago

We, and by we, I mean "TEAM EDNA" . We are going to reach our goal...we have one more day and only $350.00 dollars left to raise. The nursing home called me today and said that my week extension for paying the deposit is up tomorrow (12/21) and I said NO PROBLEM.....I told the woman on the phone that there is a whole team of people who have come forward to support Edna financially and just with their well wishes and prayers. I am overwhelmed and so thankful for all of you!
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Update 2
45 months ago


Thank you so much. Your gererosity is amazing and heartwarming! In three days we have raised $2,350 toward our goal of $3,600.00.
That's huge and we still have two days left to go
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Update 1
45 months ago

We have three days left to raise the money needed to help Edna pay her nursing home deposit fee due on Friday, December 21.

Thanks so much for the generous gifts we have received so far.

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$4,410 of $3,600 goal

Raised by 30 people in 46 months
Created December 15, 2012
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$35
The Knotts Family
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
ML
$200
Mary Beth St. Clair, Senior Living Advisors, Ltd
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
CC
$50
Carrie and Mark Conboy
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Anonymous
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$500
Ann and Lewis Steele
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Tim and Paula Erson
45 months ago (Offline Donation)
HF
$50
Howard & Helen Friday
45 months ago
$50
Anonymous
45 months ago
$25
Anonymous
45 months ago
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$350
Randy Rainey
45 months ago
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