My Dad retired, packed up his old beat up van with a few valuables that he cherished, his guitar, a few fishing poles and a couple of pictures then set journey across the states about 4 years ago from Alameda . He's definitely not part of the elite or well off. He has lived there modestly, in a furnished ground level studio about 200ft from the water getting extra help from family when we have it. Social security wasn't enough for him to live so he got a part time job at a Auto parts store.
The days leading to Irma, I texted and pleaded for him to evacuate.... His reply to me was " don't worry I'm happy" - to not worry me about his safety. Last Saturday, when Irma decided to change her direction a head right for the Florida Keys, he lives on Marathon which is in the center of the Keys the hardest hit area. He thankfully evacuated North about 6hrs before Irma touched down.
We know his place of employment has been destroyed. We know his beat up old van is gone. We know that his home, is no longer livable or will not be for some time. The island is badly damaged .The term "wiped off the map.." has been used to describe the conditions . There is no electricity, water nor supplies and no access to it. We have not been able to see the wreckage of most of the Keys including Marathon because it is inaccessible by anything other than a plane. It will be weeks, before he or anyone else can make it back to the wreckage that Irma left behind. My close to 70yr old Dad, is now left more than likely homeless, vehicle-less, jobless and stranded at a strangers house until we can figure something out. He is there alone. I've been watching the conditions and I am petrified of the outcome.
I'm asking for your help because I don't know what else to do and I feel responsible to make sure he is okay and can rebuild his life. The money donated and I will be allocating it to him to get future housing, relocate if need be, get a new vehicle and have money to live on while we figure out his next steps. If possible for me to get to Florida to help salvage what may be left and support my Dad through this castrophy. If you can help thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, and if not monetarily just send prayers.
All the Love his Daughter,
( Marcelo And Myself will be allocating funds to My Dad as need be or I'm praying that I can get there to aide him and to help get back on his feet. My Dad has limited access to electricity and phone service particularly the internet. So I will be transferring money directly to his bank account or paying for anything he needs directly from the donations from here. )
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