Our Emergency Water Main Pipe Fund

$630 of $1,272 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months
HaloFan ForLife  PITTSBURGH, PA

Hello folks. My name is Chris Salerno. My friends call me 'Sal'. I'm a U.S. Veteran having served in the Gulf War. I am currently in need of emergency assistance. I have unfortunately been unemployed for a long time (though I've put in over 1,000 resumés/applications during my prolonged unemployment). While my wife works, we are behind in our bills. That, however, is NOT the reason I'm asking for help.

The reason is that our water main pipe busted 6 weeks ago. We've shopped around for plumbers to fix it and the best we could find that would replace the water main AND restore the holes (which most plumbing companies do not do) will cost us over $11,000. Our home owners insurance will not cover the pipe and will only give us $1,300 for restoration repairs.

UPDATE: Having another company coming out to look at this. If we get a lower estimate, I'll lower the amount needed accordingly.
UPDATE: 3-11-15 New estimate from new company is lower! Their estimate is $7842. Also, due to our tax refund we can put $1500 towards this. So the total is being brought way down to $6342 (not accounting for what has already been donated).
UPDATE: 3-11-15 A friend donated $70 via paypal, so I've knocked down the total accordingly. If you can't donate via gofundme, you can donate via paypal (as a gift please so we get the full amount, instead of paypal getting a fee from it). 

UPDATE 3-17-15 WOW, a HUGE leap forward. $4k has been given to us. (Not through gofundme). As such the total has been drastically reduced to reflect the new needed amount.

At this point we have to sponge bathe, a process I won't detail. Suffice to say, it's NOT fun. We do have a toilet in our basement, thank goodness. That, however, is in the coldest part of the house that does not get any heat whatsoever.

I've tried to get emergency assistance through the VA. I might be able to get $1,600 from them. Whatever, if any, I get from that, I will drop the needed amount here on gofundme to coincide with the check amount we get.

What I would really like is a job though, so I wouldn't need to ask for money.

I'm a proud person and it shames me to have to ask for assistance. However, this is one time I will ask you good folks. Please help. Especially those in the United States. I served the U.S. for nearly 5 years, while in the service. I get no assistance from the government. None. (save what I MIGHT get as mentioned above)

Please help. I will promise you that I will pay this forward somehow. I'm already looking into volunteering at my local Fire Station.

Should this be successful and money raised goes over the amount needed, the over amount will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Thank You one and all. If for some reason you choose not to help me, at the least, please consider helping a local veteran to you. We are many thousands and many of us are in serious need.

Most sincerely and humbly,
Chris "Sal" Salerno

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Update 4
Posted by Chris Salerno
20 months ago
Family gave us $1,000. This brings the amount down to $1,272. That doesn't include the $630 already raised. After that amount, we are down to on,y needing $642, to end this nightmare.
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Update 3
Posted by Chris Salerno
22 months ago
Through the donations here, on PayPal and elsewhere, we are able to have the contractor start work in this. We still need help for the last $1700 or so. Anything helps folks, and all donations are much appreciated!
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Update 2
Posted by Chris Salerno
22 months ago
UPDATE 3-17-15 WOW, a HUGE leap forward. $4k has been given to us. (Not through gofundme). As such the total has been drastically reduced to reflect the new needed amount.
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Update 1
Posted by Chris Salerno
22 months ago
Updated new total needed due to better estimate form another company! As well, we did our taxes and can apply $1500 towards the total. Instead of needing $10K, we now need $6342. Nearly $3,700 less! That right there is a bit of relief. Thanks to those who have donated already!
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$630 of $1,272 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months
Created March 10, 2015
MJ
$15
Megablokhead Jake
22 months ago

I know it's not much but every little bit counts. Hope you reach your goal, man. The community has your back.

VA
$100
Vincent Abrigonde
22 months ago

From all of us here at "Mega Bloks Fans" we hope you reach your goal soon.

$10
Anonymous
22 months ago
CD
$50
Chad Day
22 months ago

Here is a little more to help you out. Good luck from a fan of your site.

OD
$40
Oran Domingue
22 months ago

Hey Sal. I hope this comes to you well. I meant to donate earlier in the week but had some other commitments to take care of. Hope you can reach this goal soon, and I look forward to playing some MCC with you this Summer. Cheers, Tetra.

JB
$15
Jenni Bridge
22 months ago

I am so sorry Sal :( I wish I could give more. I know we don't speak often (a handful of times on Twitter) but I sincerely hope for the best. -ChaosDice

$12
Aubrey Cloud
22 months ago
JC
$5
John Cox
22 months ago

From a collector to another stick in there!

JS
$20
Josh Siegel
22 months ago
BK
$25
Brent Knaack
22 months ago
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