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Help The McKinney-Taylors Rebuild

$12,905 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 203 people in 5 months
Created October 11, 2018
During the storm resulting from Hurricane Michael, a falling tree demolished most of their home. Although thankfully no one was injured, many of their possessions are completely unreachable -- including their car, which is trapped underneath the tree. Repairs and insurance assessments will take time, and there are urgent needs in the meanwhile.

You can view the 11Alive news story with footage of the home here: 
https://www.11alive.com/article/weather/hurricane/scattered-damage-in-metro-atlanta-from-hurricane-michael/85-603469923 

These funds will help them recuperate the cost of the hotel stay, replacement clothing, groceries, and other immediate needs while the insurance claim is processed.

The easiest and most flexible way to support is with a financial contribution, but the following is also helpful:
-New or gently used clothing for Alexandra (Women's size 6, kids' size XL, shoe size 5)
-Plastic storage bins or boxes; all of their belongings that could be salvaged will have to go in storage
-Pet crates; small cat size and large dog size
-Gift cards to the following: Target, Kroger, Land's End, PetSmart/PetCo
If you'd like to contribute in these or other ways - please contact them directly!

Ziah, Morgan, and Alexandra have been community pillars for years.  Thank you for your support of them during this time!



Home interior:
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Photo from backyard:
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Photo from driveway:
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Thank you so much for all the contributions and shares so far! If everyone who has been able to give could give $15 more, we'd surpass our final goal to replace Ziah & Morgan's vehicle! Let's finish strong!



An update from Ziah about how the funds have helped their family so far in the recovery process:

"Our first expenses were just getting an Uber and a hotel since we had neither family home nor car any longer. Toiletries and the basic clothes and shoes needs for Ava were next since her room was the hardest hit, she had only the dress she escaped her room in the first morning and it took 3 hair washings to get all the debris out. Then came meals out and getting tree off our house (the tree was $7000 on its own). Then there was ordering a dumpster and Pod to start going thru the debris and having a place to put what we rescued. Then came taking 215 lbs of laundry pulled from the rubble to a wash n fold place. If it has not be the forethought of Elle Raks and Mavi Clay we really wouldn't have thought about all of the thousands of dollars of out of pocket costs that we were going to incur in just the FIRST 4 DAYS, before the insurance had even come out to look at the property! We now have loaner cars thanks to Jim Miranda and TL Smith but are trying to buy a vehicle that is safe enough for a family but large enough to carry a bit of our nomadic life around. Everyone keeps telling me this isn't a sprint, it is a marathon, they say it can be 6 months to a year before we are back in a permanent home...UGH. So any little bit more you can give will help bridge that time before we are back in our home. Everyone has been so generous, I feel like the Hulk smashed through our lives, not just our home and car, sending everything into chaos, but our community is there instill order. Thank you so much. "
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You know how when a crisis occurs, it's hard to anticipate what the most pressing challenges in the aftermath will be? The most urgent outstanding need remaining at this point is for the family to be able to purchase safe, reliable transportation -- we're raising the funding goal one last time to try to get that out-of-pocket cost covered.

The family car was totaled by the tree, and their other vehicle (a two-seat pickup truck) was already on its last legs (er, wheels). They've been able to find a vehicle for purchase from a relative to replace the car, but it's not able to be picked up until December. It's crucial to be able to replace the truck ASAP to bridge the gap, and that the replacement vehicle be reliable and safe transportation for Ava's travel to and from school. She's currently taking MARTA, but the new route from the temporary housing the insurance placed them in is not safe for her to travel, or sustainable once the winter cold hits in earnest.

Raising the remaining $3,000 will empower Ziah & Morgan to be able to purchase a vehicle and provide transportation to work, school, and back and forth to their former home as the recovery work continues.

THANK YOU!
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Update from Morgan and Ziah, 10/20/18:

It is so much more than overwhelming, all the things that are asked of you to do and learn, and spend money on… and it has only been 9 days so far.

Yesterday we signed the lease on our temporary house. Thankfully, it is near our old house so we can easily manage whatever happens with it over the coming months. We had to buy a mattress because ours got covered in rubble (gosh those are expensive). It has a fenced backyard for the pups, plus it is on a bus line that can get Ava to school. The landlord has a pottery studio in the basement which is pretty cool.

The costs keep mounting up:
I (Z) got to go to Urgent Care this week because of an ear infection, so I am on antibiotics.

I drove Ava to school in crazy traffic since I had to drive back out to the house each morning anyway (filling the gas tank that much sucks). She only missed Monday and has fallen asleep a few times at school, but they totally understand. She just wants to be somewhere normal during the day and not at her destroyed home sifting thru rubble. Morgan went to work starting Wed, I only accomplished teaching class on Thurs night, any other work and my doula studies are on hold while I manage money and scheduling people coming out to the house for all the various reasons.

Ziah’s garden she worked on for 11 years is destroyed and not covered by insurance.

The driveway and front walk has been destroyed by heavy trucks taking away the tree and is probably not covered by insurance.

Our life is a blur of calling contractors and insurance people trying to get something, anything, to happen. We had to shore the front wall up before it fell off. General contractors do not want to bother with us because we are small potatoes, they want to deal with half a million dollar houses.

We do not have the structural engineer’s assessment yet, but the insurance adjuster is talking fixing the damage vs tearing it all down.
We are starting to learn the ins and outs or insurance speak. Things like “Good news, 10% of your coverage goes towards code upgrades”, translates to an unsaid “You have to pay out of pocket for anything over that and it goes quick!” When I ask what happens if it goes over I just get a “Don’t worry your little head about that”, while they talk about larger septic required or connecting to the county sewer, full house electrical upgrade, Ava’s room being built without permits… and so I want to throw up.

When I tell people how expensive this is already is they always say “Don’t you have insurance?” and I just wilt. Yes, we have insurance, probably good insurance for the tiny house and an old car we had -- BUT insurance does not cover all the costs and those it does cover don’t get paid for immediately. Some get paid within a week, some a few months, some way longer than that. It is a very long process. We have eaten out more times this week than in the total previous 6 months. We bought a mattress today because ours is trashed, mattresses are freaking expensive, jeez. Luckily we have the little guest bed for Ava that was in the back costume/guest room. Our family car is totaled, and we are getting only blue book value of the car which won’t even come close to buying something safe enough to carry around Ava in so now we have the added expense and time of finding a car.
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A note from Ziah:

"The newest update is that the main insurance adjuster and the structural engineer is coming out tomorrow (10/16).

We have clean laundry, but are not sure what is ruined until we sort thru it all. We are still missing one cat, he is still too skittish and won't let us catch him. We had over around 25 people show up over the past 3 days to help sort through the rubble to rescue items. It was such a beautiful combination of the support that the SCA and bellydance community will offer.

A neighbor across the street is accepting packages for us. Another neighbor has been trying to rescue plants from the trampled garden so that they will have a life elsewhere (the trucks and bobcats that helped get the tree off the house drove all over my garden). They were very gentle to my peach tree and it seems to have survived the massive oak tree pushing it halfway over.

Thank you to everyone that has supported us, we are overwhelmed with the love."
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Raised by 203 people in 5 months
Created October 11, 2018
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