Our friend Freddi Carlip lives with her cats in an 1860s farmhouse just west of Lewisburg, PA. In late 2017 the drainage pipe for the pond on Freddi's property collapsed, producing a sinkhole that has made her driveway impassable. It's a massive hole - 10' deep and at least 8' across, and getting bigger. At some point (soon, perhaps) her driveway will collapse.
This isn't just an inconvenience; it's dangerous and unsustainable. Freddi has some access to her home through a neighbor's property, but emergency vehicles have effectively no access to her home. And without a functioning driveway Freddi may not be able to get the heating oil she needs to heat her home this winter. This is about keeping Freddi in the home she loves.
Local contractors estimate it will take $8000 to repair Freddi's driveway and the pond's drainage system. Freddi is retired and on a small fixed income, and her home is already in dire need of repair; she simply doesn't have that money. Freddi has sought help from the Union County Housing Authority, SEDA-COG, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Union County Conservation District, and Representative Fred Keller's office, among others. She has received lots of good advice and much heartfelt sympathy, but no one has yet been able to help with a repair. And winter is coming.
So we, friends of Freddi, are turning to you. A neighbor of Freddi's has already agreed to donate the pipe needed for the repair. Another has agreed to match every dollar of the first three thousand dollars donated to this fund. We're off to a great start, but we need your contribution. With it we will be able to repair the sinkhole, restore the pond and the associated wetlands, and keep Freddi warm in her home this winter. For Freddi, it will make a world of difference.
And remember, every contribution up to the $3,000 mark will be matched dollar for dollar! Let's fill this hole!
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