Last Sunday at 1:30AM we watched our quiet little life be destroyed as water crept, then poured in from seemingly everywhere into our apartment. We abandoned our home of the last five years when the height of the water reached two feet. Thankfully we found refuge at an upstairs neighbors place, and took our children one by one through water that was already four feet outside. To add to our sorrow the power cut out with a loud bang shortly thereafter, at around 5 in the morning. Electrical power would go on to be off until tayed Tuesday, three days later. When it was all said and done we lost almost everything. Our car, beds, furniture, clothes. Anything that wasn't several feet off the ground. That is our story.
The following is a breakdown of how we plan to use any funds recived during the campaign.
Moving - If our goal is reached or exceeded we will move from our current apartment. Either will be moving upstairs to a safer unit or to another apartment complex. If it's the former then its $700-$900 for rent (the gap is there if the apartment is smaller). If its the later were estimating the move with security deposit (first months rent) will be between $900 and $1k.
Since we already exceeded our goal of raising $1000 here the updated list.
The remainder of the funds will go in order of priority:
Car repair - $200. This includes but is not limited to: oil change, shampooing upholstery. The possibility exists that car is damged by flood water so this may eat up all leftover funds.
We then move into furniture ans bedding for the baby and boys for sleeping.
Bunk bed for the boys, toddler bed for Lilly I estimate to be $300 not including mattresses. That will bump up the cost to another $350 -$400.
If all of that doesnt drain the coffers, then we move onto our queen matress, most likely an airbed for the time being.
Anything leftover will go to furniture for bed rooms, living room, clothes, food etc.
I will be the beneficiary and will withdraw the funds as either a check or a bank deposit on a as needed basis. The funds withdrawal will be over the next month of September as we finalize a place to live. All funding withdrawal actions will be noted and posted as an update on the campaign Houston Flood Relief.
We are starting over from scratch (again) but this time were asking anyone and everyone for help as we are in dire straits. Thank you very much in advance and for your support, thoughts and prayers.
- Abraham, Mari, José, Alex and Lilly