Irma house repairs needed in Keys!

My aunt Marie Jinkins Post and her husband Tom live in Big Pine Key, Florida, which was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. They have been with family in Virginia since before it hit. After several days of uncertainty and angst (and non-stop watching of the Weather Channel and CNN), they just got the NOAA overhead view of their house tonight. They are very relieved to see that the house is still standing, but from what they can tell from the view, the tin roof is gone, windows need replacing, and there's probably a lot of water damage in the second story. Trees are down and there will be a lot of cleanup, and sections of the fence will need replacing.

Due to the very high cost of hurricane insurance in that area, a lot of people, including them, don't have it, and, therefore, repairs will not be covered.

Marie and Tom lived their dream by moving to the Keys when they retired, even though they were on a very tight budget. They bought the house at auction, as a foreclosure, and have put a lot of time and all their savings into fixing it up. It was important to them that the house they bought be as high above sea level as possible, and it's on the highest point of the island...12 feet above sea level! They also researched the history of the house before they bought it and learned it had survived a category 3 hurricane without any major damage or flooding in the past, so they felt fairly confident buying it.

They are still in Virginia and are making plans to return home and start repairs once residents are allowed to return to the lower Keys. They aren't sure how long they will be out of their house but have some people
lined up to work on it once they have the money for roofing supplies and windows. FEMA might come through with some funds but that is uncertain as of now. They need to start repairs and cleanup as soon as possible to avoid more problems such as more water damage and mold.

I know that there are so many people in need after Harvey and Irma and really appreciate any help you can send their way. Thank you so much ❤️

-Elizabeth Sarver (Chester, VA)
-Marie and Tom Post are the beneficiaries and will receive donations directectly from
-donations will be used to repair storm damage to home. 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Liz Sarver 
Chester, VA
Marie Post 
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