Dan Reedy Fire Relief Fund
A good friend of Waltham lost his home to fire on January
Dan Reedy gives generously of his time and volunteers for many non-profits including WATCH, the Community Day Center, and REACH. Dan also volunteers in his neighborhood, taking neighborhood kids to tutoring sessions and soccer practices. He is known as the "mayor" of his neighborhood because people on his street always go to him for help. Just days before losing his own home, Dan spent 4 hours helping someone who was being evicted move their things into storage, and spent another day helping to weatherize a home in one of the many "energy efficiency barnraisings" that he conducts with WATCH.
Dan and his son rented at this home for 6 years and also ran his business out of his home. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the fire, but the contents of the house were destroyed, including books and recordings that Dan sells to make his living. Through an act of kindness of a local real estate owner, Dan and his son have a furnished apartment to use rent free until the end of February. They will need to find and furnish a new apartment by March 1st, and will need their first and last months' rent plus a security deposit.
Dan is rich in spirit and in giving, but does not have a big rainy day fund for this kind of emergency. He would never in a million years be a person to ask for help. So others are asking for him. Let's give back to someone who has given so much to his community!
If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please stop by or mail to the Rockland Trust Bank at 75 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. Please make checks payable to THE DAN REEDY FUND.
Dan and his son are settled for now in temporary housing, comfortable and profoundly grateful to each and every person who responded with donations and kind words of support.
Your support is a phenomenal demonstration of our community at its best. Thank you!!
Until Jan. 24, my son and I lived downstairs at a two-family home at 15 Prospect Street Ave. in Waltham. We had lived there for 8+ years but on that Friday, a fire started on the second floor and burned the second floor, attic and roof. Our home had water damage in every part of the house and it is no longer habitable "“ accessible only for short periods of time.
Eli Sherman of the Waltham News Tribune spent a lot of time watching the fire with me "“ and then went back to the office with his photos and wrote about our loss.
I am sure there were other people who got the word out but between Eli, Daria Gere of WATCH who alerted this wonderful community of friends and volunteers to our problem, and Martha Creedon, a Waltham resident who set up a web page that solicited and facilitated donations. I am pretty sure everybody in Waltham gave to help us.
Your generosity is overwhelming and I want to take this opportunity to thank you. Obviously the first thing you will have helped us with is settling into (i.e. affording) our next apartment. A lot of this is uncharted territory "“ one can imagine needing towels "“ but expenses will crop up that are hard to even anticipate, and you have given us that cushion.
The other thing you have done is warmed our hearts. (OK, my son would never word things that way, but I would.) I am very committed to being the best neighbor I can be, to helping those who live in Waltham who have challenges "“ and your support shows that you agree, that's how one should participate in the community "“ and I am inspired by you all.
I volunteer frequently at WATCH, and it's a bit of a role reversal now in that, while I have spent many hours with them weatherizing homes to lower the cost of utilities for low-income families, I am now the guy in need. And you are the ones that saved us. Thanks again.
"“Sincerely, Dan and Christopher Reedy, Waltham
Trib photos from that frightening day are at http://waltham.wickedlocal.com/photogallery/WL/20140124/NEWS/124009983/PH/94_169_539_629
Happy to help. If the Waltham FD has not yet told Mr. Reedy about HGRM, please check out this excellent organization that provides household furnishings to folks starting over from fires and other disasters: http://www.hgrm.org/ The Exec. Director Sharon Martens has a Waltham connection, too.
Would love to donate household items, to get them settled once they find a new place to rent.
Will definitely donate when I get paid! Been sharing all over Facebook on the Walrham Pages. I'm a 5th Generation Walthamite, and proud of it! A large portion of the city knows my family. We take care of our own!