Lately families have been coming out of the woodworks as far as needs are concerned. The things we are finding are situations like they cannot keep their utilities on, they cannot pay mortgage, they cannot buy food because they are paying mortgage or utilities. They are having to choose between the one or the other. This becomes even harder the closer we get to Christmas. Because donations of clothing, diapers, baby clothes, and some personal hygiene items far out weigh the monetary donations, we try to take some of the stress and weight off by providing those things, which we have found that most of them go without. Can you imagine waking up every morning and not having toothpaste or deodorant just because you had to decide between that and food? It is not a good feeling.
We have been blown away at how many families are in this position. About four weeks ago, we found a family living in their backyard out of a tent. They have since then received a trailer from a church and are working on getting caught up with all the debt they incurred directly after the tornadoes.
These families are dealing with things like insurance companies not coming through, outrageous vet bills because they had to board their pet because they had to stay in a hotel, or they could not pay mortgage because they were staying in a hotel costing them over $1000 per week.
This past weekend, we received another family that lost their house completely. They are living in a FEMA trailer although the dad’s left arm was crushed and he is unable to work. They have sold everything they can just to eat, even down to their wedding bands.
Regardless of all of this, all the families we have encountered are so grateful and not the types to ask for a handout. In fact it is very difficult for them to take the help but they know they need to in order to survive. They are putting everything they have into rebuild efforts, or just paying what bills they can.
Needless to say, these families will not be having much of a Christmas and we are trying to help with that. We have found some resources but still are not able to provide for all of them. If you are able to help with any of this please contact us info@KeepVolunteering.org or 256.429.9254. PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING STEPS TO HELP SO WE CAN KEEP FROM DUPLICATING EFFORTS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!