Flood Recovery

On the evening of May 12th, my mother experienced a devastating flood in her basement. With over 5 feet of water in the basement, many items were not replaceable such as my grandmother's family photos and her cat. Some of the other heartbreaking items she lost were her large collection of children's books that she has been saving for years and years to read to her grandchildren. With a new grandchild on the way this fall, it is truly sad that she came so close to realizing her dream, only to have it literally float away. My childhood books were also lost in the flood which leaves my mom with zero children's books in the house. As many of you know, my mom was a children's librarian for many years and has a great love of children's literature. Children's books are something that can be replaced and can help bring her some joy. The anticipation of creating happy new memories with a grandchild can certainly help bring light to such a difficult time in her life.  

Donations will also be used to help her clean and restore her house as well as replace any necessary items such as a furnace, hot water tank, air conditioner, washer and dryer, as well as her car which was also lost in the flood. We have recently learned that insurance will not cover any expenses with the house. As a retired children's librarian, covering all of these items at once is a very large challenge. I am hoping to raise funds without her knowledge as she, like many kind-hearted people, has difficulty asking for assistance -- even when it's needed. My heart is truly full of gratitude for all of your thoughts, prayers, and donations!

Added on May 16th: Last night my mom was on the Channel 3 news to talk about the damage and clean up process. Here is a video link which shows some of the wreakage.

http://www.wkyc.com/video/3569432710001/1/Cuyahoga-Falls--City-still-cleaning-up-after-record-making-storm
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Maria Kirkpatrick 
Organizer
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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