This September our family was evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. I drove our three children cross-country to my parent's house in Ohio, and our wonderful friends took in my husband, Mark, and our dog to weather the storm in a house outside of the evacuation zones.
I was terrified as we lost touch for hours while the eye of the storm passed over, but in the end our family was safe. The relief lasted for days. Who cares about anything else as long as we have each other?
But we did lose something. I've seen people saying we are "a family that lost everything." Which is probably how I would describe it - if it wasn't my family I was talking about.
Our neighborhood was flooded and our home suffered wind damage and flooding. Everything has to go - floors, doors, all of our appliances, windows, a/c, water heater, cabinets, parts of the wall... everything that we had been building for the 12 years we've lived in our home.
Thankfully, many of our repairs will be covered. However, our insurance deductibles total $9,300 and do not cover personal property. In addition to repairing our home, we will have to replace anything that was on or near the floor - our children's beds and bedding, indoor and outdoor furniture, bookshelves, school materials, electronics with cords that were on the floor... I honestly have no idea how much this will cost. For years we've stressed about replacing one thing at a time. Now we have to replace all of it. Mind blown.
We are still in Ohio, waiting for power to be restored before we return to... well, I'm not sure where we will return. Will we stay with family? Live in a hotel? We are beginning the process of completely gutting our house, and I'm not sure how long it will take to fill it up again.
The support shown to us has been astounding. We are truly floored by the generosity you've shown to our little family. Thank you for supporting us.
Your donation will be used make our house a home again.
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