This month we moved back to Beaumont as caregivers to Lauren's parents whose income is enough for us both to work around the clock for them. That's our job. It is a labor of love.
Sherry still has a tracheostomy and is in constant need of care. Ken is a fall risk and after several strokes can no longer take care of himself or Sherry.
Their income is fixed without much wiggle room. We were not prepared for an emergency. So, when we found out today that our truck will not start and our roof is damaged, we began the process of freaking out about how we are going to pay for it all. There were plans to have an estate sale prior to Harvey, but that's not happening anytime soon. We have some savings, but not enough to repair a damaged roof and truck. The Tahoe is/was our most reliable form of transportation and the only one capable of hauling the wheelchair, parents and puppies in case of an emergency.
The power is still off in many parts of Beaumont, including our home. The generator will keep us going for a few days, but it won't be easy. The price of gasoline to power the fridge is rising. The price of everything is rising. At least the water isn't, for now.
We do not expect anything close to our said goal of $5,000, but we nonetheless wanted to give our friends and family a chance to help if they wish. We of course must and will share a portion of the proceeds with GoFundMe, but also with many residents near us who are in need. Once the roof and Tahoe are repaired any remaining donations will be sent to a Beaumont charity of our choice.
Thank you in advance for thinking of us.
- Kris Hayhurst
- Lauren Cowan
- Vicki Stout
- Bill Broughton
- Elizabeth Hartman
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