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Hurricane Relief for the Ochoa’s

$27,996 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 9 months
Hi everyone and thank you for taking the time to visit my GoFundMe page.

After 34 years of building our life together with our 5 children, Dawn & I lost everything we’ve collected along the way except for our memories. Hurricane Florence did not discriminate in her destruction which included our family heirlooms that were passed down from generation to generation, our keepsakes from our children, our collections from our travels around the world during the 24 years in the Marine Corps, and all my Marine Corp memorabilia are completely gone. Those are the items that can never be replaced and are now lost to us forever. However, we also lost all our furniture, clothes, dishes, appliances, and everything that is needed to make a home.

The flood waters rose over 5ft and the damage was so severe that all the flooring, every single wall, and all electrical must be replaced. My home had to be stripped down to the studs and all the counters and cabinets had to be ripped out. What once was a full-bodied home filled with love, warmth, and our most prized possessions was left as an empty shell, a skeleton of what used to exist.

We have received some financial help from FEMA which provided $31,000.00 for the repairs to our home. This amount does not even come close to the actual cost of repairs and we are left dramatically short of the amount needed to just return our home to a “live-able” status. My family has always been the ones offering our help to our friends, family, and neighbors our entire life. We were very fortunate and blessed to not have experienced this type of loss until Hurricane Florence. Now, we are at the whim of our family, friends, and neighbors for help that we so desperately need. I am thankful to the volunteers who have helped so far from removing debris from my home, to helping with the repairs that we could afford to purchase the materials for though FEMA’s financial contribution.

Currently, we are short of the funds to continue making the repairs to the home which include putting walls up, floors, doors, cabinets, bathrooms, and much more. We haven’t even begun to think about the other things like furniture and personal items. My family needs all the help that you can give so we can rebuild our home and then began to rebuild our lives. Thank you very much for taking the time to read our page and for all contributions made. My family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers as well and God bless everyone!

Always Yours Truly,

Ken Ochoa
MSgt USMC Ret
Jacksonville, NC

USMC Jan 83 - Dec 2006
Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
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We’re almost done we have 2 bathrooms, laundry room and molding and the house will be finished. I want to thank everyone for the support and love you given me and my family. Soon will be working on replacing the personal items we lost and catching up on the bills we let go so we could finish getting our life back together. Again thank you all
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Well we got about 70% of the house painted we still have to finish the master bathroom then we have to clean out the garage and replace the drywall I’m not gonna be able to do much work I had a fusion on my neck 20 months ago and is not healing and they’re doing it again this time through the back of my neck Thursday so I’ll be out of commission for a little while I want to thank everybody for your support and your love
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Flooring is down in 70% of the house. 60% painted we one bathroom that just needs the sink and toilet installed We haven’t touch our bathroom or bedroom. The kitchen is almost done just need to install the counter tops and back splash. We still need molding and quarter round for the flooring. Again thank you all for the support it helped us through a very hard time in our life’s.
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