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Sinclair Family Hurricane Relief

$3,630 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 9 months
Created October 15, 2018
Sinclair-McCormack
on behalf of Garth Sinclair
During Hurricane Michael and its aftermath, the Sinclair family was displaced and suffered significant damage to their home in Panama City Beach, Florida. Garth Sinclair, a retired Navy Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman is now working at Bay Medical Center as an EMT. He worked 48 hours straight caring for and evacuating patients while the medical facility was shutting down due to severe damage and power outages, all while his family; wife, Sandy, three children; Zachary, Alyssa and Keegan and his mother-in-law, Marlene and 7 pets were fleeing the destructive forces of Hurricane Michael.

Their recovery will be long and difficult. In the short term, they have expenses as a result of being displaced from their home. They will also incur a sizable deductible to pay for the repairs to the roof and chimney of their house which was damaged by and uprooted tree. This is not a normal deductible for an insurance policy, since they live on the gulf coast their deductible is $10,000 for damages resulting from a hurricane.

Thank you so much,
Dan McCormack and Athena Sinclair

Athena and I started this campaign for my Brother-in-Law Garth Sinclair and his family. They are raising funds to cover a $10,000 deductible to repair extensive damage to their home in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

Athena and I will not withdraw any funds from this campaign. I have included Garth as a manager of this campaign and he will withdraw funds as needed to the account of his choice.
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...so it's been a while since we updated this site. First of all we want to thank everyone for their incredible generosity. We have been celebrating despite the circumstances (Christmas and New Year's day, and our family birthday season Zach turned 18 last month and Keegan will be 13 tomorrow, Sandy's birthday was in between the boys'). It's been so strange living in our still damaged house. We make the effort to not allow our frustrations with our insurance company and contractor (they're very busy and doing their best) get us down. But it seems like the hits just keep coming.

On January 12th Garth fell from a ladder while cutting a hurricane damaged tree in the back yard. He tore his Achilles's tendon and had surgery on the 24th. He missed 3 weeks of work at the Hyperbaric Chamber and 6 at the ER. Shortly after returning to work at the chamber he found out it would be closing on March 8th due to hurricane-related financial issues and he hasn't been able to get more than 2 shifts per month in the ER (he was working 5-6 per month before the storm). He's working hard on physical therapy and has a job interview next Monday. We ask that you pray with us for his continued recovery and for good news from his interview.

In the meantime please help if you can. Zach graduates in 2 months and has earned a shot at college. He wants to be a physical therapist and has the grades, ACT scores, and drive to do it. He has some partial scholarship offers, but we aren't going to be able help him much financially now.

Anyway we don't want to bring everyone down. We are blessed, despite our challenges. Thanks for taking the time to read this update. May God bless you!
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Late last week we discovered that the tree branches which fell on the garage roof didn't just slide harmlessly off on to the front walkway, they cracked the main spanner beam holding up the attic and roof. So another couple hours on the phone with the insurance company and now we are waiting for a structural engineer to come over and see what needs to be done to get repair it.
The good news is that Keegan will be back to school tomorrow and Zach and Alyssa will be back on Thursday. They will be home all next week for Thanksgiving but at least they will have something to do besides drive each other crazy. Next week we can focus on all that we have to be thankful for... like you all who have cared enough to share your blessings with us. It's still hard to ask for help, especially when I have always been the one to help others but it will make me more aware of the plight of others and will share this story so others can join me when it's time to step up and help those in need.
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Glad I snapped a pic before my daughter updated our sign for Christmas. It's the little things that keep us going.
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Thanks for the update Garth and pictures. What Garth didn't share but put in a series of family texts was their street was the hardest hit in their Baypoint neighborhood and not a single roof is undamaged making it difficult to get repairs done as so many people need help. No one can give firm prices for the work needed, the cost of construction materials is skyrocketing. Trees and debris are stacked 12 feet high and 15 feet deep in front yards. Demand for permits from a government that is still in emergency mode is high and they are taking a long time to get. The family is still bagging up leaves, trash pickup is not yet back to a normal schedule yet. Whenever they can get the repairs started they don't know if they will be able to stay in their home and if not, where they will go. In a previous post Garth shared that their Subaru, the car Zach uses, was damaged. The day after they got the insurance settlement check for repairs, it wouldn't start. Garth spent half the day arranging for a rental car and repairs at a shop an hour and a half away ( the shops nearby that are still standing are swamped for more than a month). Garth tried to jump start it but it won't hold a charge. They ended up driving again an hour and a half away to purchase used car with the insurance check intended for the repairs supplemented by some money Zach saved working at Texas Roadhouse. Just goes to show the endless frustrations caused by this storm. Hang in there family, we love you!
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$3,630 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 9 months
Created October 15, 2018
Sinclair-McCormack
on behalf of Garth Sinclair
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