Jesse & Ginny GrothOlson fund
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Jesse and Ginny GrothOlson and their two boys evacuated their home in Houston on Aug 27th in the midst of Hurricane Harvey.
PLEASE NOTE BEFORE DONATING...The GrothOlson's have 2 other websites for their fundraising efforts that they would like you to consider before using this GoFundMe account. While Jesse and Ginny are thankful for this GoFundMe fundraising website, they really need every dollar that people want to donate to them, as they still have a long ways to go to replace everything they've lost (see the newest updates). Unfortunately, GoFundMe takes almost 10% of a donation, and their Venmo and Paypal accounts charge nothing (unless you use a credit card forPaypal). But for those who need the convenience, this GoFundMe site will remain active, as they don't want to miss out on anyone wishing to donate. Thank you!!!
The flood waters receded enough that vehicles are able to get in the neighborhood now. Check pics on their facebook pages that show the flooding in their neighborhood (I'll try to attach pics to this site as well).It is certain there will be flood damage to their home; however, since they are not there, they cannot say exactly how badly damaged it is yet.
8/29: They are monitoring the situation from afar and are relying on neighbors and friends to update, although the flood waters are so high that their house cannot be reached by vehicles. As of this evening now, Ginny just sent a message that the water is receding, however, the levees are breaking and at this time, they don't know how that will affect things.
Jesse and Ginny are collecting items to take back to Houston with them. If anyone knows of any specific needs, let them know.
8/29: You can continue reading below to find out more about the situation and exactly what Ginny detailed as their needs, as of today. At minimum, at this time we want to raise $10,000 for this amazing family. They need $5k just to meet their deductible for homeowner's insurance, not to mention day-to-day living expenses, gas driving to WI to get out of the hurricane and who knows how much it will cost to replace what they've lost in their home in Houston.
If you wish to send money directly to the GrothOlson's (and cut out the middle man cost of almost 10%) please contact Jesse or Ginny via facebook, or post in the comments and they will contact you with a mailing address. Otherwise, if GoFundMe is the most convenient way for you to donate, please proceed and thank you very much for your generosity!
Here is a note from Ginny from facebook:
We left our house and are headed North via heading west actually into the storm to escape the heavy rains. Safe so far! The bayou was full when we left but not over the banks yet. Picture is from Noon today behind our gate and it's usually dry back there. We just drove out of the storm now, Praise God! We saw so many large caravans of rescue vehicles heading back into Houston. Electric company vehicles, EMT vehicles and tree service. We've seen rescue vehicles from FEMA and trailers from Ohio.
Highway patrol hauling boats. Rescue helicopters. So erie and inspiring and scary and tragic and awesome!
A bit ago our direct neighbor said the other neighbor just reported 1ft of water in their house. I'm sure ours is toast We are in the shallowest corner on the street. We have the neighborhood drain behind our gate. Well! It has always been God's property so now we get to see how He rebuilds it!! (Pray for our peace and strength and safety to wisely cope with it all)
The following is a message Ginny sent to start this GoFundMe page with a list explaining what their needs are so far:
Go ahead and do a Go Fund Me page. We can supply a list of needs. Immediately it is travel and housing expenses, replacement materials like a few clothes, additional food. Our deductible will be over 5k and we don't have that. Right now it's so much money just to cover life outside of our house. FEMA will help us with a hotel room for almost one month. We will be displaced for much longer. We do have flood insurance, but again, the deductible alone is more than we have.
I will give more detailed needs later as needed. Things like buying tons of fans and trash bags and clean up supplies.
I guess I meant "as needed" to mean tomorrow or something.
Also, there are a lot of fraudulent gofundme pages that will pop up in the wake of the hurricane. Please be careful about donating. My name is Leanne (Rumsey) Holker and Ginny requested that I setup this GoFundMe site for them. I attended college at Northwestern in Minnesota with Ginny and Jesse back in 2000-2003. I contacted Ginny this morning to ask about a gofundme page and said I would assist, if needed. She asked me to proceed. All funds will go straight to Jesse and Ginny's account. If you have further questions about the validity of this site, feel free to contact Jesse or Ginny via facebook or other means to ensure that you are donating to the correct site.
I noted on the original story that they've now requested people wishing to donate money to their family to switch over to another fundraising website. The reason being that GoFundMe, while very helpful, pulls almost 10% of your donation for their own fees. So if you give $100, the GrothOlson's will get about $90 of that. They have VENMO and PAYPAL accounts that take less of a percentage away for their fees. Even better is to just send them a check! :)
However, this GoFundMe site will remain available to those who need the convenience to donate through GoFundMe.
And thank you to everyone for their donations! This GoFundMe account has raised over $5,000 for the GrothOlson's already! Along with other fundraising efforts, they've raised the $10,000 they need to meet their insurance deductibles for the damage to their home. Additional funds are going towards replacing one of their flooded vehicles as well as general expenses towards temporarily relocating and replacing some immediate supplies for school and work.
Jesse and Ginny are really striving to keep everyone updated on their financial needs and progress. They want all their donors to know what the money is going toward and for you to know that it is being well saved and spent to help them replace all they've lost from Hurricane Harvey.
Thank you to everyone for your help!
Box knives and blades
Air mattresses and bedding
Demo tools (hammers, crowbars, etc)
And then depending on what they find when they get home, they may need the following:
Clothes sizes 8 and 4t for the boys
(this list will be updated once they have a better idea of their needs)
If you would like to donate these items, please contact Ginny or Jesse via facebook or respond in the comments below and they will contact you with the best mailing address for them at that time (they are unsure where they will be staying once they return to Houston).