Build Barbara Garcia a Home (moore,ok)

$73,810 of $60k goal

Raised by 1,629 people in 39 months
Erin DeRuggiero   MINNEAPOLIS, MN
I am in contact with Barbara and her family. They are so thankful, humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and generosity. Before the CBS piece aired, I didn't know Barbara Garcia personally, but was incredibly moved by her story and of her reunion with her sweet dog, captured on CBS news (live) after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20th. Barbara could have been my mother, my grandmother, my neighbor or my friend. I was shattered upon seeing her home destroyed, her recounting her experience and her joy upon seeing that her dog had survived it all. My goal is to ease her recovery, raise enough money to help her start to rebuild or relocate her life, and above all else, to show her that "life in the big city" also means helping one another, even from 1500 miles away.



Some people may feel more compelled to donate money directly to the Red Cross or local Salvation Army chapters, which I completely understand. I was inspired to create this fund so that I could impact one person's life directly and personally, just as she impacted mine. How amazing would it be if social media and the power of human empathy could help build her a new home? Barbara did not have homeowners insurance and is temporarily living with her daughter and her grandchildren.


If I can inspire you to donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Barbara begin to build a new home (complete with a dog house for her canine companion) I'd be eternally grateful and it will go a long way. If you are unable to donate, please share the link with friends via facebook and twitter and help us get the word out about Barbara's story. And "in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

Let's show her what love and community is all about.

Sincerely,
Erin DeRuggiero, Minneapolis, MN
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Update 56
20 months ago
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Just talked to Barbara! She got a new dog in July (BJ for Bowser Junior) who goes by Junior. He is only 6 pounds fully grown and quite the lap baby. He's loving life in his new house. I'd never seen a teacup schnauzer before, but he's a handsome devil.

She IS getting some of her mail, delivery has restarted, but it is not always timely. Post Office is still sorting it out, she went there yesterday to give em' what for, but she said you can send cards or whatever you wish to her work address, which she will indeed receive.

Work:
Barbara Garcia/Elegant Decor
11629 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Home:
113 SW 8th Street
Moore OK 73160

Barbara's Email:
elegantdecor@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for all of your emails, means a lot

Happy Holidays!
Erin


Meet Junior!
look at that face!
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Update 55
20 months ago
Quick update ...

I'll be closing this campaign and page down at the end of this month. Wanted to thank everyone again for participating, donating and sharing this fund. Its been an incredible education on the power of compassion. Good people are all around us and willing to help. Its been a lesson I won't soon forget and its forever changed me.

I'm also, frankly, a bit tired of the negativity and accusations I've received in comments here or in private emails as a result of having created this fundraiser. I cannot control the fact that your letters or cards did not reach Barbara and that the Moore post office hadn't re-established postal delivery. I'm not a criminal or a con artist. I have never touched or came into contact with a single dime from this campaign - it all went to Barbara's bank account, which her lawyer set up. I never set out to gain anything, other than knowing that my actions helped to spark this incredible build taken on by all of you. I found her an attorney, took every step to ensure that she was taken care of and safe in her new home. I am someone who was incredibly moved by Barbara's story, as you all were, and wanted to do something to improve her situation. Crowdfunding made that possible - you made that possible.

I do know that your funds were used for a house for Barbara and Bowser, along with furnishings inside the house, which had all been lost to the tornado. I posted pictures of the house as it was going up and even visited her in Moore to see it with my own eyes. I've kept you up to date as much as possible. I wish I could do more, but this is the best I can do.

Thank you for being a part of it.
Erin



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Update 54
20 months ago
Happy Holidays.
Many of you have asked why cards or letters were returned. I sent Barbara a Christmas card last year that was also returned. She told me that the post office took a very long time to re-start mail delivery to the house, given that her entire neighborhood was wiped out. She was the first and only house to rebuild for many blocks, even into January 2014. We haven't spoken in months although I have emailed her to check in.

Her address, to my knowledge, is still the same: Barbara Garcia 113 SW 8th Street Moore OK 73160

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,
Erin
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Update 53
31 months ago
Heard about a home health care worker in Oklahoma who could use some assistance. Thank you to Nancy O, a Barbara and Bowser fan, for suggesting I share her story. http://www.gofundme.com/5rtj7c
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