Please Help My Brother

$75,000 goal

Campaign created 4 months ago
My older brother is the best brother in the whole wide world! And as I write this account I have to fight back the tears, because I know he is worrying right now about his future and the well being of his beloved wife. My brother is a great man. I've always looked up to him.

From 1969 to 1999 he worked for the national office of the Leukemia Society of America in New York City. Within the organization he spearheaded the purchase, installation, and support of computer hardware and software, phone systems, copy machines, and fax machines in the New York Chapter. He also traveled on behalf of the Organization and supported 62 chapters nationwide.

He was great at creating a computer literate and motivated staff. You can say that he was instrumental in bringing the Leukemia Society into the computer age. He was an asset to the organization, loved and respected by all. And he was my roll model.

Later, when his mother-in-law fell ill, and his wife was forced to go to Puerto Rico to look after her, Jerry made the hard decision to follow. After thirty years of dedicated service, he left the organization and started freelancing his skills on the island. I wish I could say that life was easy for him, but he managed the best he could. It wasn't until a few years ago that his luck started to change. His list of clientele finally began to grow, which made a substantial difference financially. He mortgaged a small house, bought an old car and all seemed promising. Then in 2017 Maria came around.

Maria was a big storm. She made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane after pummeling the Virgin Islands. This is the most intense hurricane Puerto Rico has ever experienced since before the Great Depression. As you would expect from a category 4 storm, "it was the most terrifying event I ever experienced," my brother told me. The house and surrounding neighborhood took a great deal of damage. Most of the trees were uprooted, telephone poles toppled over and vehicles were thrown about like toys.

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Months without proper running water, electricity and communication was trying. And all but a few of his clients recovered. Brother Jerry soon fell into debt, and he has never recovered.

After the storm Jerry maxed-out his credit card trying to fix and fortify his home. The biggest expense was a pull down metal shutter to protect the porch door.

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This was the same door he held onto the night of the storm trying foolishly to keep the rattling piece from blowing away. Recently, I loaned him money to make back-payments on his mortgage, but I know it is a temporary fix. And his car which was defaced by the winds and projectiles is now having trouble, and hurricane season is here again.

Of the many things he requires, he needs servicing on his car.

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He needs more rollup shutters to protect his front door and windows.

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Hurricane shutters add stability, and security to the windows. They are made to withstand gusting winds or torrential downpours. In this estimate they left out one of the bedroom windows by mistake. So you can add another $ 823.75 to the 2,639.51 for a total of 3,463.26 with tax. This estimate was made after they installed the sliding door roll down on January 25, 2018.

He needs a good generator, and maybe a couple of solar panels to keep him in the light when there is a shortage on gas. He could use a Generac 22,000-Watt Air Cooled Standby Generator with a whole house 200 Amp automatic transfer switch.

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But I guess any pull rope generator is better than non.

He needs funds to pay for his mortgage which is over $1,200.00 a month or he will lose his home. Right now he cannot meet this obligation.  Finally, he needs to stock-up on food for the next emergency which could be just around the corner.  He needs help just till Puerto Rico recovers, and business picks up again.

Thank you for listening.
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