Family in Need of Home

$1,475 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 33 months
Tracie Keelan  PORTLAND, OR
My daughters family was scammed into renting a foreclosed home from a man who claimed to be the owner of the home. They spent all of their savings on what they believed was the downpayment for the house. After signing a lease and giving the man (who claimed to be named Matt McCarty) $1000.00 in cash, they were given the key to the home. The next day, while painting and ripping carpet out of the home, a man from HUD knocked on the door and informed them that the home was in foreclosure and was going up on the market to be sold the following week. This past year has already proved to be beyond difficult for them; their son was born with Congenital Heart Disease and has required two open heart surgeries. He has also had a stomach operation because he was born with twisted intestines. Furthermore, he was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality known as 47,XYY (Jacob's Syndrome). They were looking forward to moving to provide a more open space for their son to grow up in. We are trying to raise back the money they gave to this scammer to help them get the home they need. Anything you can spare to help this family get the home they deserve would be great for not only my daughter and son-in-law, but my grandson as well. They have been through way too much and they need all the help they can get. Thank you!
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Update 6
Posted by Tracie Keelan
33 months ago
We are in disbelief at the help my daughter and her family have received because of this fund! This is beyond anything we could have imagined. It has brought hope to my daughter and her family again. They are supremely thankful and are in complete shock because of all of this. My grandsons first birthday is this Saturday so they are trying to turn their attention to making that a big hit! From my family to yours, whether you donated or not, thank you for taking the time to become aware of the situation and spread the word. Kalin and Krysta were interviewed by KATU News once again this evening and we expect them to be on at 11PM tonight. Thanks again to you all!
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Update 5
Posted by Tracie Keelan
33 months ago
We have reached our goal of $1000.00! We cannot believe the generosity people are showing right now! We want to get the word out there as well; beware of these scams! Thank you, to everyone! Let's keep the ball rolling in hopes of this hard-working family getting the break they deserve!
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Update 4
Posted by Tracie Keelan
33 months ago
Thank you all so much for helping my daughters family! It will mean the world to her. We are more than halfway to our goal! Thanks a million to you all!
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Update 3
Posted by Tracie Keelan
33 months ago
Below is a news link to the story! They will be airing the segment again tomorrow morning on KATU channel 2 news.

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Family-learns-first-home-is-a-scam-Our-dreams-were-crushed-246824551.html?mobile=y&clmob=y&c=n

Thanks again to all those helping in any way they can!
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Chasity Peterson
33 months ago

To this family: i just wanna start by saying i am a single mother of 3 beautiful healthy girls and i feel very blessed and lucky they havent had any med. problems. im so so so very sorry that you have been given a harder path in life :( but im sure you guys will make it through, i can tell by all the possitively beautiful spirit and attitude you still manage to have, stick 2gether you'll make it! And 2nd of all i wish i had a way to send atleast a little money to help but i dont have cards or checks i only handle cash, so if any one has an idea on how to still donate please let me no. and as for the VERY WILDLY RUDE & IN APPROPRIATE comment left earlier i am shocked that a grown A** women could say such a thang. i can see alot of ppl falling for something like this, maybe it was shaddy but all the ppl that are donating and helping and leaving poss. comments proves that there really are good ppl out there and im sure you just thought this guy saw your struggles and felt he could help your family out! I no that im deff. the kind of person that if i owned a home and could rent it to a family like yours thats been through this i would most deff have given you or who ever a (too good to be true deal) bcuz like i said its just not that uncommon for ppl to wanna help other ppl. So anyways, i really hope you guys get enough money to get a place and have extra just so its there when and if you need it! God knows you 3 totally 100% deserve to be comfortable and stress free

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Mary Wallis
33 months ago

Life is a series of problems....find pleasure in helping other's solve theirs....So much love to your little family from our little Southern Oregon family. xoxoxo

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Heidi Foust Valdivia
33 months ago

Bless this family and their precious little baby boy... I have been reading about that sweet baby boys medical issues and what wonderful parents this couple is for many months now. I look forward to seeing that sweet face . I'm so sorry that happened to your family. And as for you miss Donna at age 55 shame on you.... Learn compassion there is no need for you to get on here and say hateful things...

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Krysta Kendall
33 months ago

I would like to thank everybody for their generous donations. It has cheered us up and relieved quite a bit of stress. Let us be thankful we can unite together and help each other when needed. I will pay this forward when I have the ability to. It is unnecessary to converse with negative people; they feed on drama they are trying to cause to be begin with. I am forever thankful for the understanding and love, support, and care that has came our way. Thank you to all my friends, family, and even strangers for their helping hands. The positive side to all of this is that my son Kayson is too young to realize what's going on and will not remember it. We are forever grateful. The Kendall family sends their love and thanks to you all.

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Tracie Keelan
33 months ago

Donna, you are a piece of work. A broken piece for sure. How dare you judge MY daughter and her husband and special needs grandson. It's people like you that make people like me, reach out and help people instead of talking before knowing facts, which you did. I am sorry for you and hope you aren't so bitter that it comes to bite you in your ass. You are the voice of the low down pond scum of the human race. you my dear, and all that are like you, which only makes the GOOD in people shine. You are horrible. You are sickening. And you're a special kind of idiot. Love, Krysta's Mother. Tracie Keelan

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Lori Langshaw
33 months ago

I'm proud of you Krysta! Donna, you've got issues! These are young adults trying to be independent. You know nothing about them at all! They've been through so much and you have no idea! Mind your business! I hope one day you don't need help from others????

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Anthony Garcia
33 months ago

I am proud of Krysta & Kalin surrounding this whole situation. Sure they made some bad decisions but then who hasn't at some level?? Apparently Donna you have some shortcoming in your own life which makes you feel better by picking on kids trying to get their lives on track. Kids, you know you're loved and cared about....don't ever forget that!!

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Deborah Ecaruan
33 months ago

I hope you all are doing well and that this fund helps you to get back on your feet. Please do not be discouraged by the negativity of some people. There are far more of us who understand the struggle and offer our support and positive wishes for you.

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Penny Ecaruan
33 months ago

So glad to see all of the support for this young family. I've said in other posts, if you can't say something nice, say nothing. I think we were all taught that saying in elementary school! I feel sorry for those that can't find kind words in their hearts. We've all struggled, but that should make us more supportive, not bitter! Donna, you really should delete your post. This family doesn't need words that slander them, they need words that support them. I hope they raise enough money to buy a house! Out of all bad comes something good!

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Robin Ells
33 months ago

Donna Benson, this was for a rental property not a purchase. How many meetings with a "Realtor" do you have for that? If you are going to make matters worse by posting negative comments, do the right thing and don't comment at all. My goodness, at least get your facts straight and read and comprehend the article so your snide, hateful comments actually relate. I feel sorry for you. Obviously you have had some life experiences that have contributed to your lack of carrying for others. God loves you anyway, and if you ask, He will even forgive you. God bless you and have a very nice day!! :)

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Terri Smith
33 months ago

Wow Donna, you must have a lot of hate in your heart to come on here and chastise a YOUNG family that's struggling. Shame on you! What a nasty person you are!

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Donna Benson
33 months ago

Are you people really that stupid I'm 55 and I bought a house 17 years ago we had many meeting with the realtor in his office I wouldn't give a dime you'd probably just give it to another scam artist

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$1,475 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 33 months
Created February 23, 2014
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Anonymous
33 months ago
$200
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33 months ago
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33 months ago
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ANDY TRAN
33 months ago

There is always have better doors open for you guys. Always look at the positive way.

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33 months ago
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33 months ago
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Nestor Rodriguez
33 months ago

I hope this little bit helps! :)

KC
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Kristina Coker
33 months ago
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Suzan Russell
33 months ago
$100
Anonymous
33 months ago
Chasity Peterson
33 months ago

To this family: i just wanna start by saying i am a single mother of 3 beautiful healthy girls and i feel very blessed and lucky they havent had any med. problems. im so so so very sorry that you have been given a harder path in life :( but im sure you guys will make it through, i can tell by all the possitively beautiful spirit and attitude you still manage to have, stick 2gether you'll make it! And 2nd of all i wish i had a way to send atleast a little money to help but i dont have cards or checks i only handle cash, so if any one has an idea on how to still donate please let me no. and as for the VERY WILDLY RUDE & IN APPROPRIATE comment left earlier i am shocked that a grown A** women could say such a thang. i can see alot of ppl falling for something like this, maybe it was shaddy but all the ppl that are donating and helping and leaving poss. comments proves that there really are good ppl out there and im sure you just thought this guy saw your struggles and felt he could help your family out! I no that im deff. the kind of person that if i owned a home and could rent it to a family like yours thats been through this i would most deff have given you or who ever a (too good to be true deal) bcuz like i said its just not that uncommon for ppl to wanna help other ppl. So anyways, i really hope you guys get enough money to get a place and have extra just so its there when and if you need it! God knows you 3 totally 100% deserve to be comfortable and stress free

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Mary Wallis
33 months ago

Life is a series of problems....find pleasure in helping other's solve theirs....So much love to your little family from our little Southern Oregon family. xoxoxo

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Heidi Foust Valdivia
33 months ago

Bless this family and their precious little baby boy... I have been reading about that sweet baby boys medical issues and what wonderful parents this couple is for many months now. I look forward to seeing that sweet face . I'm so sorry that happened to your family. And as for you miss Donna at age 55 shame on you.... Learn compassion there is no need for you to get on here and say hateful things...

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Krysta Kendall
33 months ago

I would like to thank everybody for their generous donations. It has cheered us up and relieved quite a bit of stress. Let us be thankful we can unite together and help each other when needed. I will pay this forward when I have the ability to. It is unnecessary to converse with negative people; they feed on drama they are trying to cause to be begin with. I am forever thankful for the understanding and love, support, and care that has came our way. Thank you to all my friends, family, and even strangers for their helping hands. The positive side to all of this is that my son Kayson is too young to realize what's going on and will not remember it. We are forever grateful. The Kendall family sends their love and thanks to you all.

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Tracie Keelan
33 months ago

Donna, you are a piece of work. A broken piece for sure. How dare you judge MY daughter and her husband and special needs grandson. It's people like you that make people like me, reach out and help people instead of talking before knowing facts, which you did. I am sorry for you and hope you aren't so bitter that it comes to bite you in your ass. You are the voice of the low down pond scum of the human race. you my dear, and all that are like you, which only makes the GOOD in people shine. You are horrible. You are sickening. And you're a special kind of idiot. Love, Krysta's Mother. Tracie Keelan

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Lori Langshaw
33 months ago

I'm proud of you Krysta! Donna, you've got issues! These are young adults trying to be independent. You know nothing about them at all! They've been through so much and you have no idea! Mind your business! I hope one day you don't need help from others????

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Anthony Garcia
33 months ago

I am proud of Krysta & Kalin surrounding this whole situation. Sure they made some bad decisions but then who hasn't at some level?? Apparently Donna you have some shortcoming in your own life which makes you feel better by picking on kids trying to get their lives on track. Kids, you know you're loved and cared about....don't ever forget that!!

+ Read More
Deborah Ecaruan
33 months ago

I hope you all are doing well and that this fund helps you to get back on your feet. Please do not be discouraged by the negativity of some people. There are far more of us who understand the struggle and offer our support and positive wishes for you.

+ Read More
Penny Ecaruan
33 months ago

So glad to see all of the support for this young family. I've said in other posts, if you can't say something nice, say nothing. I think we were all taught that saying in elementary school! I feel sorry for those that can't find kind words in their hearts. We've all struggled, but that should make us more supportive, not bitter! Donna, you really should delete your post. This family doesn't need words that slander them, they need words that support them. I hope they raise enough money to buy a house! Out of all bad comes something good!

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Robin Ells
33 months ago

Donna Benson, this was for a rental property not a purchase. How many meetings with a "Realtor" do you have for that? If you are going to make matters worse by posting negative comments, do the right thing and don't comment at all. My goodness, at least get your facts straight and read and comprehend the article so your snide, hateful comments actually relate. I feel sorry for you. Obviously you have had some life experiences that have contributed to your lack of carrying for others. God loves you anyway, and if you ask, He will even forgive you. God bless you and have a very nice day!! :)

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Terri Smith
33 months ago

Wow Donna, you must have a lot of hate in your heart to come on here and chastise a YOUNG family that's struggling. Shame on you! What a nasty person you are!

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Donna Benson
33 months ago

Are you people really that stupid I'm 55 and I bought a house 17 years ago we had many meeting with the realtor in his office I wouldn't give a dime you'd probably just give it to another scam artist

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