Help a vet get a new van 4 disabled boy

My van was stolen from outside my home in Port Richmond and completely incinerated early this past Tuesday morning. It was found burned down to nothing nearby in Fishtown near Shissler Rec Center and is not salvageable and we lost the vehicle and everything in it. This van was used to transport my severely neurologically disabled son (seizures, autism) and for my use while I attend graduate school full-time and work part-time. There were many sentimental items in the car, including a carseat, my prescription glasses, my son's nebulizer, his toys and tickle me Elmo, his blankie, my tassel from graduation from Penn State last year, automotive tools and necessities, my grad school textbooks worth several hundred dollars and my dog tags from my service in the US Army along with other non-replaceable mementos. This van was well maintained and only had 100k miles on it (it was a 1996). I babied this van as I worked hard and saved for several years to get it. I did not have full coverage as I cannot afford to, so there will be no reimbursement and I have no means to buy another. In the meantime, I have no transportation and my whole sense of security is gone. I am falling behind in school without books and transportation. I am glad no one was injured and I know that times are tough financially for everyone but I am putting my story out there in the hopes that someday I can can pride in ownership once more and the ability to get to school and medical appointments for my son. Having served my country proudly, I know how amazing things can happen when we all work together. This van was the only thing I, myself, owned. I cannot replace these things alone.
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    • $50 
    • 88 mos
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    • $100 
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    • $100 (Offline)
    • 88 mos
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    • $100 
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    • $250 (Offline)
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Jennifer Pilkington Rhein 
Philadelphia, PA
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