Donate to help my sister and her husband

Hello, my name is Sal Albanese. I don’t usually create these things, however, today is very different. Yesterday, as you may have seen on national news, the Yellowstone River has raised to record heights. Due to this, the violent river destroyed roads and bridges and also, my sister and her husbands home. You may have seen the videos and pictures on TV. Yes, that is their actual home.

To clarify, yes, Yellowstone owned the house for employee housing. My brother-in-law helped build that house and he has been living in it for 15 years. That house is a home to more than one family. It was their permanent residence and now it is gone.

On 6/13/22 at 10:30AM ET, I received a text that my sister, her husband and their pets are evacuating their home which is perched in a beautiful location on the Yellowstone River in Gardiner Montana. Just one day before, she told us that the water levels were getting higher due to some weather up the mountain. Then at 10:30, we receive a video of water rushing by just inches from her back deck. The house is a duplex apartment that they share with their neighbors. Both decks overlook the river.

She told us that her and her husband grabbed their pets and anything else that they could manage to remove from the house and they got out and away to safety. The had to leave behind most of their belongings due to the rising water levels and only took what they could. Throughout the rest of the day, we received updates and videos of the River eroding away more and more of the property.

Not 7 hours later, we receive a video of the River sweeping away her garage and everything in it. Then 4 hours after that as the River raged on, we received the worst news we could. My sisters house was washed away and down the Yellowstone River last night. The entire house is gone and everything that they could not get out is lost.

Mother Nature took my sisters, her husbands and their neighbors home in less than 12 hours from a River reaching record heights. It went from being the most beautiful place to live to being one of the scariest. Gardiner Montana is currently landlocked due to all of the flooding and damages.

I often feel helpless being on the other side of the country but this is a way that we can all help! Please consider donating to help my sister and her family get back on their feet. It’s not going to be easy but any little bit will make it easier on them. I pray for all of the residents in Gardiner Montana, but I say extra for my family now. Mother Nature is a beast and she took away the home of my sister. Please help me help her!

Thank you to everyone!
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Sal Albanese 
Raised $4,525 from 39 donations
Middletown, NJ
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Tina Albanese 
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Raised $2,850 from 11 donations
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