Help Maria "Break The Mold" in 2020

On the morning of Saturday December 27th, 2019 Maria Hammer woke to make breakfast for her son Brady as he had just gotten home from working third shift.   Brady popped outside to grab  something he had forgotten in his car when he looked down the street and saw an unexpected tidal wave approaching him. A large water main had burst. Brady ran back in to house to alert his Mom to what was happening, but the waters were already surrounding the house.  Brady and Maria began running down into the basement to try and save whatever they could.  Before long the deluge had begun forming cracks in the wall that were making noises and beginning to bulge inwards into the house.  The porch detached from its pylons at the rear the home and floated to rest against the fence and Marias car. It was decided that it was no longer worth the cost of their safety to continue the trips up and down into the basement.  Waiting on the first floor of the house for the waters to stop they began gathering a few things just in case the waters continued rising.  Some clothes, toiletries, important papers and Sebastian the cat were readied for evacuation.  9-1-1 was called to assist Maria, who is immunocompromised, evacuate her home in the frigid water. 9-1-1 explained that they were unable to help her leave.  Scared of staying too long there was no choice but to wade out into the almost waist deep freezing water with her Son, her Sebastian kitty and a  back pack or two of their belongings in tow.
44446852_1577930829341817_r.jpegMaria and her son Brady's view on Saturday December 27th. You can see Maria's car in it's parking spot. Not long later her rear porch would detach itself from its pylons at the rear of the house and float across the yard to rest against the fence and her vehicle.
44446852_1577931974816858_r.jpegAfter the water receded this is the aftermath. The damage is expected to be well over $10,000.  You can see that right behind the wash basin is the washing machine Maria just recently purchased that had been thrown and flipped in the basement by the flood water.  The furnace is done for, as well as the water heater, heading into the coldest months of the oncoming Wisconsin winter.  You can see Brady in the News footage above at 1:25 giving the Journalist a short tour of the house.

The big things we are trying to help the Hammer family with right now is the cost of a new furnace and installation,  a water heater,  cleaning, (it is almost impossible to stop the house from molding and be able to dry and disinfect without the furnace and the water heater)  and we are in the process of trying to obtain a vehicle for them to be able to get to and from work.  Any little bit you can spare will help and is endlessly appreciated by Maria, Brady, and not to mention Sebastian kitty. 


May the floods they waded in 2019 not wash away the seeds they planted for 2020.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Shannon Schroeder 
Milwaukee, WI
Maria Hammerer 
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