Sullivan-Birmingham Relief Fund

$9,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 139 people in 26 days
Shannon Sullivan
on behalf of Kevin Sullivan
 PEEKSKILL, NY
I’ve created this page for my stepmother, Elizabeth Birmingham; my father, Kevin Sullivan; my brothers, Albert and Michael Sullivan; and my stepsister, Angelica Birmingham (who lives in PA). 

In the early hours of Monday, January 23, 2017, tragedy struck my family.  A fire broke out at their home in Peekskill, NY, claiming the life of my disabled stepmother.  My father and Albert were able to escape the apartment.  Michael had already left for work, and was not home at the time.  The fire caused complete destruction of the property.  

At this time, my father and Albert are staying with a family member.  Albert, 13 years old, is autistic and diabetic, requiring 24 hour care from visiting nurses.  Being displaced has made it difficult for his nurses to get to him.  Due to his special needs, stability is extremely important.  He does not fully comprehend the situation, but it is clearly starting to affect him.  He has lost his mother, his pet cat, his home, and all of his belongings.  

Michael is staying with our mother. He also lost his belongings.

My family did not have renter’s insurance, and there was no life insurance policy.  I am hoping to raise enough money to help pay for Beth’s funeral expenses, obtain housing for my father and Albert, and furnish their new home.  Funds will also be used to pay for transportation expenses, as Albert has frequent medical appointments, and Angelica will now need to travel from PA often.  Prior to the fire, video games and WWE toys played a large part in Albert’s daily functioning.  All were destroyed by the fire, and we would love to be able to replace some of them, as they served as his primary outlet.  Donations will go straight to my father.  After all expenses are paid for, any money left over from the donations received, will be placed in an account dedicated to Albert’s future care.    

Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time, and thank you to those who have donated clothing for my father, Albert, and Michael. 

Albert's school and Angelica's best friend have also created donation pages for my family.  Thank you to anyone viewing this page, who has already donated to one of the other pages.

*If anyone knows of an affordable one or two bedroom apartment available in the Northern Westchester area, please message me.  It needs to be located near a train line, so that Albert’s nurses can easily get to him.    

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Posted by Shannon Sullivan
7 days ago
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My father and Albert have moved into their new apartment, and we are slowly furnishing it. It's been so beneficial for Albert to have his own space again after the trauma he's endured. I don't think my father could've found an apartment so quickly without everyone's tremendous support. We plan to reach out to every donor, to personally express our gratitude, as soon as possible. As I said earlier, my family has been overwhelmed by the community's response.

To those who have messaged me, offering furniture/clothing/toys for Albert, I apologize if I haven't responded yet or haven’t remained in contact. Being a first time mother to a four month old, while working full-time, has been pretty consuming. I appreciate all offers, and hope to be in touch with you soon.

If you are in the area this Sunday, February 19th, a friend of the family has organized a benefit lunch in Mahopac. We would love to see you there. Please call Mike at (914) 837-2368 or Ted at (646) 232-7103, to reserve a seat.

Thank you again. Your kindness has meant to so much to us.
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Posted by Shannon Sullivan
16 days ago
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Dad found an apartment and is moving in today, which happens to be his birthday. It's going to be a rough one this year.

Thank you so much for your support! We are overwhelmed by everyone's kindness and generosity.
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$9,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 139 people in 26 days
Created January 26, 2017
Shannon Sullivan  
on behalf of Kevin Sullivan
CF
$75
Carozza Family
4 hours ago

Prayers and condolences from the Carozza Family and the brothers of the Knights of Columbus, Father John LaFarge Council of Yorktown Heights.

MW
$50
Melissa Walsh
1 day ago
CB
$100
Cathy Botte
1 day ago

My deepest sympathies to the family. xoxo

JL
$25
John Larkin
1 day ago
CS
$60
Carrie Sheehan
2 days ago
JK
$50
John Keefe
2 days ago
DC
$100
Domenick Canale
3 days ago
PM
$50
Patricia Manfredi
4 days ago

Praying for your family

LD
$50
L M D
4 days ago
HB
$25
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5 days ago
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