Victims of Hurricane Harvey

My name is Judy Friedkin , from Philadelphia , Pa . I am starting this fundraiser for my cousins Bob and Sonia  Thomas.I am hoping to raise $20,000. They  were victims of Hurricane Harvey as they live in Houston. The picture of them is from happier times and they are with their grandaughter Rhaissa in the picture. Sonia is 65 and Bob is 75. Her last message to me was ,"We have lost everything and are homeless and broken." They have lost everything.

They live off of their social security check and will not receive one for 3 more weeks.  They both worked very hard their whole lives.They are very kind people, who through family circumstance, ended up adopting their 2 grandchildren when their own children  were already adults so at an age when their children were grown, they started raising a new family.  They are not well.  He has diabetes which took the lives of his sister and his father.  Sonia , who is from Brazil, has no family here, suffers from Fibromyalgia.  They have lost all of their belongings and his truck, her car, and a car from1968 which was his father's and had sentimental meaning.  They did not have flood insurance and initially was turned down by Fema, however are appealing it.  I don't know if their house can be saved but if so I can't even imagine the pricetag on that.  I would say they need $20,000 to replace basic belongs .So at this time that is what I am hoping to raise for them. They and their 2 cats and 2 dogs were rescued by boat , the pets having to go through the upstairs window, and they were all brought to a shelter.  Now they are staying at a friend's home which could not accomodate their pets. A friend said she would care for them but a few days later gave them up to a shelter.  They have to pick them up within so many days or their beloved pets will be put up for adoption.  They are in dire straights.  They have not been able to find a functioning hotel which accepts animals.  I hope you will find it in your heart to help them even with a small donation.

Thank you,
Judy Friedkin


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Organizer and beneficiary

Judy Friedkin 
Philadelphia, PA
Robert Thomas 
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