First off.....Shhh! This is a surprise. Please share via email, private message and word of mouth only.
Our goal is send a bunch of Navy EOD techs out to help build Taylor Morris's new home.
A little background: We all know Taylor's story... Quadruple amputee Navy EOD tech. He moved to Cedar falls, IA after his recovery. The Chive Charities led a huge fundraiser several years ago to build Taylor and Danielle a new home that fits Taylor's new way of life. They had several hurdles in the past year or so securing the land. However, thanks to the Gary Sinise foundation that is now taken care of. They just broke ground and hope to be finished before Christmas.
What we have so far:
Right now Taylor doesn't know anything, we are trying to keep it a surprise. Pat Mckenna has been in contact with Danielle.
I've been in contact with the head contractor, Wayne Magee. He has provided us with a couple blocks of time where volunteers would be of the most help, each aproximatly one week long.
The Painting contractor Stuart, is my father. I'm originally from the same town as Taylor but we haven't actually crossed paths. Stuart has already facilitated discounts/donations from several suppliers and several of his sub-contractors will be donating man hours to the project. My family is donating the use of our Cabin to put guys up in for the week of the August trip. It will sleep 3 comfortably and has plenty of room for tents. Full amenities kitchen/bath etc. A second cabin is in the works but not confirmed yet.
Pat Mckenna (East Coast EODC type) is one of Taylor's old teammates. He is going to liaison everything with Danielle for the family contact side of stuff. Keeping it single point of contact if possible. I'm going to liaison everything with the contractor side of the house.
The money we raise via gofundme is for plane tickets and additional lodging ONLY. We have sought out other funding avenues that have not come to fruition yet. Any additional funds leftover will be will be split between The Gary Sinise foundation, The EOD Warrior Foundation and/or a charity of Taylors choosing.
Taylor gave sweat, tears, and a whole lot blood for this community and our nation Pat and I are trying to facilitate giving a little sweat back via as much labor as we can donate. I know it would mean the world to Taylor, having us help him on one of his next chapters in life.
With the help of your donation we hope to speed the project up and drive the cost down. Hopefully we can make the goal of them being in their new home by christmas a reality.
- Tyler Backes
- Blake brewington
- Nicolie Simonson
- Brian Coffee
- Madeline Burkemper
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