Home For Christmas

$7,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 63 people in 39 months
Catherine Smith  High River, AB
We received our third denial letter from the insurance company today and with whatever the government decides to give us still months away we've hit a wall. Asking for help is the last thing I would ever want to do but even with Matt working as hard as he is there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We were victims of a natural disaster, our home is destroyed up to 4' on the main floor and we've lost 3/4 of our belongings. This wasn't foreseeable we live nowhere near a floodplain. I have donated on this webpage when friends have requested sponsoring for different causes so while I lay wide awake again last night worrying I thought of this page. There have been so many amazing friends say "let me know how I can help", so I'm swallowing my pride and saying "this is how". Every donation helps, even $25 covers over 5sq" of flooring. The list is so long, windows, doors, flooring, walls, furnace and ducting, plumbing, electrical supplies, appliances, furniture, inspections, air scrubbers, cleaners...... and it is all so expensive. We are going deeper into debt every day and with the looming possibility of our mortgage company reassessing our home we need to stay above water as much as possible. This page requests a goal amount I had no idea what to put.
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Update 4
Posted by Catherine and Matt Smith
36 months ago
Just wanted to send another Thank You and an update to all the wonderful people that have helped us get home. We did finally move home, and before Christmas! We still have a lot to do but it is easier to handle now that we are here! It feels so good to sleep in our own beds, and Isla is sleeping in her room for the first time in her life :) Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!
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Update 3
Posted by Catherine and Matt Smith
39 months ago
Thank you so much to everyone that has helped us out! We have finished clean up/drying and priming the main floor. Drywall is hung and now we have booked a pro for taping/mudding and are waiting for him and the heating guy before we can go to the next step. Everyone is understandably swamped so it'll be a few weeks. However there's tons of little things we are able to work on while we wait. Asking for help was something I struggled with knowing so many people are in the same position as us. I am so glad we did it though, without the help we have received because of reaching out we would have had to wait months before finishing our main floor. The basement, garage and most furniture can wait until we see what we get from drp but the essentials to allow us to move home are actually becoming attainable now! I hope anyone that needs help will realize the embarrassment is temporary, people are amazing and there is nothing wrong with admitting you didn't plan for a natural disaster to wipe out your home! I also hope people look at who their insurance providers are and consider switching to one of the good guys to protect yourselves. Wawanesa, cooperators, peace hills, to name a few have been great for covering people while INTACT, portage, and I've heard State Farm have been the worst. I feel bad saying anything negative but really want to save people from learning the hard way.
Thank you all again and if there is ever anything I can do for any of you I'm there!
Catherine
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Update 2
Posted by Catherine and Matt Smith
39 months ago
Thank you for all the support! So happy to be able to move forward again, nothing worse than being stuck! I was able to get a lot of cleaning done today and Matt finished the electrical. Hoping to start drywall in the next few weeks and get a furnace and heating ducts installed. Then windows and doors followed by floors,kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, baseboards, trim and paint.Last will be appliances and furniture :) I'm more than willing to sit on lawn chairs if it means going home!
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Update 1
Posted by Catherine and Matt Smith
39 months ago
Amazing!! I cried as much as normal today but it was all good tears :)
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Julie Power
39 months ago

If this is not your size do you know of anyone in High River that is and is in need...both casual and work

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Julie Power
39 months ago

I am not sure what size you are but I have MANY nearly new and new clothes size 8/10 and med if you are this size and are interested. I work at Banana Republic and buy waaay too much;)

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Leah Fard
39 months ago

I have a washer and dryer I could donate. Let me know if you are interested All the best! Good luck

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Eric Martin
39 months ago

I do HVAC for a living, I personally am in no position to donate, however, if you need help with a furnace install, message me. I may know of some suppliers willing to donate equipment, if you give me some details

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$7,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 63 people in 39 months
Created September 05, 2013
NS
$60
Nikki&Mike Smith
38 months ago

Need to bring you up to the 7000 mark!

ET
$500
Easton Tyminski
39 months ago
JC
$250
Jessie Connor
39 months ago
$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
LK
$20
Lindsay Kowand
39 months ago

Here is a little something for you guys. I know it's not much, but I hope it helps. You're strong. Stay positive. Xoxoxo.

BS
$50
Brian, Carmen, Aleyx, Quinn & Sawyer
39 months ago

You will get through this!

$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
$20
Anonymous
39 months ago
NC
$25
Natalie Cooper
39 months ago

I hope you can use this to buy a nice bottle of wine or a treat. you deserve a break. chin up. hugs from a stranger. natalie

$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
Julie Power
39 months ago

If this is not your size do you know of anyone in High River that is and is in need...both casual and work

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Julie Power
39 months ago

I am not sure what size you are but I have MANY nearly new and new clothes size 8/10 and med if you are this size and are interested. I work at Banana Republic and buy waaay too much;)

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Leah Fard
39 months ago

I have a washer and dryer I could donate. Let me know if you are interested All the best! Good luck

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Eric Martin
39 months ago

I do HVAC for a living, I personally am in no position to donate, however, if you need help with a furnace install, message me. I may know of some suppliers willing to donate equipment, if you give me some details

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