The Calusinski's need help

$13,150 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 173 people in 19 months
Helen Barrett
on behalf of Paul Calusinski
 CARPENTERSVILLE, IL

Paul and Cheryl have literally been to hell and back the past 8 years. Their youngest daughter Melissa, was literally yanked from their home and unjustly sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit. (Watch 48 hours, Blaming Melissa:
 
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-melissa-calusinski-was-a-day-care-worker-coerced-into-a-murder-confession/)
Though evidence was found which proved her innocence, Melissa still sadly sits in prison, far away from her family. You can imagine the stress and legal fees this family has had to endure.
There is also an update which 48 hours made called The Fight for Melissa: 
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-fight-for-melissa-calusinski-was-day-care-worker-convicted-in-toddler-ben-kingans-death-wrongly-convicted/

Paul and Cheryl go to see Melissa twice a month because that is all they are allowed.  It cost them over $280 a month. They live 3 hours away from Logan Correctional Center so it is a 6hr round trip.  They also buy Melissa lunch so they are able to have a meal with her.
This Christmas in 2017 will be the 9th Christmas that Melissa has been incarcerated for something she didn't do! 
Anything you can give to help them get through this terrible injustice will be greatly appreciated. It will help with Melissa's expenses and will make it easier for Paul and Cheryl to continue to see their daughter until she is set free. 
Thank you so much for your continued support!




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The Calusinski's need help has reached 59% of its goal. Thanks to Dawn,Bridget, Brian And Cindy and Tim.
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The Calusinski's need help has reached 59% of its goal. Thanks to Bridget, Brian And Cindy and Tim.
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Thank you all so far for the donations! We are currently at 1,395 of our $10,000 goal! Which is huge for two days! Keep spreading the word. Thank you again from my family to yours!
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I appreciate all of the support we have gotten so far! Thanks for everyone that has contributed. Paul and Cheryl are beyond grateful.
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Jodie Cregier Nettelhorst
19 months ago
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I wish I could give you money to help but my husband just lost his job. Have you tried asking the amazing women at Project Hope in Barrington? Project Hope is across the street from St. Anne's Church in downtown Barrington. They help people all throughout Lake County and, I believe, parts of Cook County. I volunteered with them for years. They assist with all kinds of needs. Please call 847-381-5721. http://stannebarrington.org/human-concerns/project-hope/ Hope you get the help you need and deserve.

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Emily Fletcher
19 months ago
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Thinking of you Paul & Cheryl. Sending lots of love your way. ❤️Emily

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Paul Calusinski
18 months ago
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SO FAR $3,205 of $10k GOAL PLEASE KEEP SHARING AND DONATE EVEN A FEW DOLLARS HELP AND DOES ADD UP! THANK YOU!! PAUL AND CHERYL FILED AN APPEAL. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THEY WON'T WIN IT, IT DOES GIVE THEM MORE TIME TO RAISE THE MONEY THEY NEED!!

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Kammande Pride
6 months ago

These are some resources that might be helpful. I'm sure you have tried every avenue or means at your disposal, but another set of eyes or ideas is always a chance worth taking when it comes to the freedom and justice of a loved one! I truly hope that they come to see the light and realize that they have made the wrong decision here. Melissa is there because they were more interested in pushing for the case to close rather than taking the proper means and practices necessary to solve it. That of course would require far more effort than they put in to just wash there hands of the work that both Ben and Melissa deserve. The Innocence Network http://innocencenetwork.org/ Illinois Innocence Project http://www.uis.edu/illinoisinnocenceproject/ The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice http://www.thejeffreydeskovicfoundationforjustice.org/ Justice on Trial http://www.justiceontrial.org/index.php/resources/ The Christian Science Monitor https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2009/1130/p07s01-lign.html The Happy Prisoner Resources http://thehappyprisoner.org/legalaid.htm Seeking Justice For the Innocent http://www.seekingjusticefortheinnocent.com/index.php/resources/resources-list/resources-non-profit-organizations Advocate 4Wrongfully Convicted http://www.a4wc.org/Index.html

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$150
David Askew
25 days ago
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I am sorry, but ABBA FATHER, I feel the criminal justice authorities in this case are just acting so evil, and I cannot come close to understanding why. I JUST CAN'T LET THEM WIN!!!!!!! I STILL MUST MAINTAIN UNSHAKABLE FAITH THAT YOU DO NOT WANT THEM, EITHER, SO YOU'RE STILL WORKING ON SOMETHING TO DEFEAT THEM AND SATAN AND HIS DEMONS THAT ARE WORKING THROUGH THEM! I HAVE GOT TO HAVE FAITH THAT SHE WILL BE FREE WHILE OREO IS STILL ALIVE! I AM POSITIVE YOU WON'T LET ME BE PUT TO SHAME OR HAVE MY HOPE IN YOU DISAPPOINTED! AMEN! I RECEIVE IT!

$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
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$250
Anonymous
1 month ago
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DA
$150
David Askew
1 month ago
1
1

I PRAISE YOU ABBA FOR NOT LETTING US (MELISSA, HER FAMILY, AND HER SUPPORTERS) BE PUT TO SHAME OR HAVING OUR HOPES IN YOU DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR GUARANTEEING THAT MELISSA'S FREEDOM BE RETURNED TO HER BEFORE 6/17/18 (FATHERS' DAY 2018) HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!!!!!!!

LH
$200
Leslie Hobbs
2 months ago
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Praying for your daughters release. God is able!

DA
$100
David Askew
2 months ago
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Happy Mother's Day, Cheryl.

DA
$60
David Askew
2 months ago
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ABBA GOD, THANK YOU THAT, AT YOUR SET TIME, YOU WILL ENFORCE YOUR COMMAND THAT MELISSA'S FREEDOM BE RETURNED TO HER! WITHOUT FAIL! YOU HAVE ALREADY DECIDED TO DO THAT IN THE WAY THAT WILL UNMISTAKABLY DEMONSTRATE YOUR GOODNESS AND UNFAILING LOVE TOWARDS HER! YOU ARE A GRACIOUS, LOVING, AND AWESOME ABBA. AND AN OMNISCIENT, JUST AND PERFECT GOD!!!!!?! I UNSHAKABLY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT HER GLORIOUS AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!!!!!! IN JESUS' HOLY, POWERFUL AND PERFECT NAME, HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!!!!!!? I BELIEVE IT! I RECEIVE IT! I SEEK IT! I TAKE IT! I SEIZE IT! I SEE IT! I KNOW IT! I HAVE IT! I SEE IT WITH MY SPIRITUAL EYE! I HAVE UNSHAKABLE FAITH THAT YOU WILL INSURE THAT EVERYONE WILL SEE IT WITH THEIR NATURAL, PHYSICAL EYES! TODAY! NO MORE DELAY!

Jodie Cregier Nettelhorst
19 months ago
2
2

I wish I could give you money to help but my husband just lost his job. Have you tried asking the amazing women at Project Hope in Barrington? Project Hope is across the street from St. Anne's Church in downtown Barrington. They help people all throughout Lake County and, I believe, parts of Cook County. I volunteered with them for years. They assist with all kinds of needs. Please call 847-381-5721. http://stannebarrington.org/human-concerns/project-hope/ Hope you get the help you need and deserve.

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Emily Fletcher
19 months ago
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Thinking of you Paul & Cheryl. Sending lots of love your way. ❤️Emily

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Paul Calusinski
18 months ago
1
1

SO FAR $3,205 of $10k GOAL PLEASE KEEP SHARING AND DONATE EVEN A FEW DOLLARS HELP AND DOES ADD UP! THANK YOU!! PAUL AND CHERYL FILED AN APPEAL. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THEY WON'T WIN IT, IT DOES GIVE THEM MORE TIME TO RAISE THE MONEY THEY NEED!!

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Kammande Pride
6 months ago

These are some resources that might be helpful. I'm sure you have tried every avenue or means at your disposal, but another set of eyes or ideas is always a chance worth taking when it comes to the freedom and justice of a loved one! I truly hope that they come to see the light and realize that they have made the wrong decision here. Melissa is there because they were more interested in pushing for the case to close rather than taking the proper means and practices necessary to solve it. That of course would require far more effort than they put in to just wash there hands of the work that both Ben and Melissa deserve. The Innocence Network http://innocencenetwork.org/ Illinois Innocence Project http://www.uis.edu/illinoisinnocenceproject/ The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice http://www.thejeffreydeskovicfoundationforjustice.org/ Justice on Trial http://www.justiceontrial.org/index.php/resources/ The Christian Science Monitor https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2009/1130/p07s01-lign.html The Happy Prisoner Resources http://thehappyprisoner.org/legalaid.htm Seeking Justice For the Innocent http://www.seekingjusticefortheinnocent.com/index.php/resources/resources-list/resources-non-profit-organizations Advocate 4Wrongfully Convicted http://www.a4wc.org/Index.html

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