In October, 2012, when I was five-years-old, my family lost most everything we had to Superstorm Sandy. We had to live with friends and then in half a house while ours was rebuilt. I lost my toys and art supplies. It was very hard. My grandma and grandpa and aunts lost everything too. But a lot of people came to help. As Christmas approached we didn't even have a living room for a tree. But on Christmas morning there were more presents and toys for me than I could have wished for. Mommy and daddy told me later when I was older that many of those gifts came from strangers who just wanted to help. I learned that I received gifts from the Dix Hills Fire Department, Commack Ambulance, LiveOnNY, Darius Rucker and Heidi Klum!
On my 10th birthday this year I saw what happened in Texas and I want to help kids there like people helped me. I don't have money and I can't really re-build houses but I want to give those kids toys like people gave me toys. I was so happy and grateful that people helped me feel normal again back then - it may seem like just a toy or that there are more important things to give, but I can tell you it meant the world to me and I know this will help kids and thier parents as they rebuild in Texas.
All the money we raise will be used to purchase toys and get the toys to kids in Texas. Please help any way you can. Thank you so much!
- Catherine Chapey
- Jill Blashka
- GoFundMe Team
- Steven Rice
- Abbey Borovatz
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