To further pour salt on the wound, my Aunt and Uncle had ALL their belongings stored in the lower level rooms during a renovation (remember, 100 year flood). They were only weeks away from moving the contents back across the street.My husband and I put the boots on, the work gloves on and got down and dirty in the muck shortly after 9am. Working hard with my 70 year old uncle, we quickly removed the contents, cleaned off the mud and started that long process of going through belongings and determining what was salvageable and what wasn't. This process has a strange way of showing you what truly matters, I feel a connection with that damn Saco because she has the strangest way of bringing family together. Much was lost. But a love letter my Mimi wrote my Pipi in the early 40's was UNTOUCHED, her lipstick sealed kiss still bright pink on the silt covered envelope. A wedding photo, dry. Photos of my cousin and her family,untouched, as the Rubbermaid they were stored in floated in the desperate rush of the river.
I feel fortunate to have the ability to stop all things important to me and get right to work with my family. What I wish I had more of though was the financial resources to help get my grandfather’s house back in livable condition, or fund a place for him to be during the next few months. I wish I had the resources to get my Aunt and Uncle's "stuff" back, because even though the valuables are mostly salvaged, it takes a lot to get the things back that you rely on every day. The damages will likely not be covered by any type of insurance. We need to replace windows, insulation, floor boards. We need to have the electrical systems checked on and inspected. We need the furnace evaluated. We don’t even know if it is structurally sound after two major floods. My grandfather is 93 and lives on a very small, fixed income that barely gets him through each month. Our family rarely, if ever asks for help. I'm throwing this out to the Universe because our family now, needs help. And so don't a lot of other families in our community, who have experienced this devastating flood twice in less than ten years. I pledge that what we don't use from any donation will be given back to an organization in our community that can help with these needs, but for now, I need to help my Pip rebuild and get situated, and I need to see my Aunt and Uncle smile again. If you can't make a financial donation I COMPLETELY understand, but if you can share the page, please do. If you have anyone willing to donate time or skills, please contact me. It is because of you all that the world will one day be a better place.
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