Christmas Crisis

We are now fully funded!
**Peter & Christie received a few gifts in person that, when combined with the money raised here, covered ALL costs!! How beautiful to see so many people go above and beyone to turn a struggle into a situation that will warm their hearts for years to come as they remember all who came to their aid.**

In April 2016, Peter and Christie became home-owners. They have been working hard to transform their house into a home, inside and out.

"I absolutely love our home and I want to take care of it because for me, it is a big beautiful part of our family," says Christie.

You can imagine the concern when the water stopped working—a crisis forcing Peter, Christie, and their four young children out of the home temporarily. Unfortunately, the problem is proving to be much more than an easily fixable plumbing issue. 

Peter explains, "Had some guys out to clear the line and run a camera to the sewer. There are several spots where the old clay pipes are allowing large amounts of roots into the line, including through at least one sizeable hole. Since the line runs under my house, they're going to do what's called a "pipe burst" which basically means they dig a hole where our line meets the city sewer line (under the street) and pull the old pipe out and push the new pipe in from our basement."

Even just the process of diagnosing the problem cost the family $375, and in order to even begin the work they will need to attain a $1625 permit to dig a hole in the street. The estimate for material, labor and permits comes to $6840. That, plus the $375 already paid, brings the initial amount to over $7000. THIS AMOUNT IS DUE PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF WORK. 

That means that— though the family is able to move back into their house—their water usage is limited and must be carefully monitored... all the while living with the stress of the impending possibility of losing usage of their pipes entirely. Furthermore, the $7000 needed up-front does not include any unexpected complications that might arise while the work is being done.

"That's an insane amount of money," says sister Sarah.

We all agree! To have such an unexpected amount demanded right around the holidays is akin to George Bailey suddenly finding himself incapable of paying the bank examiner what is due on Christmas Eve.

We (Peter's Sisters) have created this campaign in hopes of "telling the town" and giving more people the opportunity to rally around this home in a time of crises, spread blessings, joy, and Christmas hope. This is an urgent problem, and ANY contribution is integral to providing a solution!

  • Colleen Freehling 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Gabriella Surprenant 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Sandra VanDorsten 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $70 
    • 45 mos
  • Mary McAlvey 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Melody Russell 
Los Angeles, CA
Peter Pollet 
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