Fire Destroys Everything - Please Help
Organized by: Jade Bock
One month out - Update!!
August 10, 2016
Last night, July 7th 2016, my friend Rebecca awoke to flames engulfing her bedroom closet. She ran through her 5th floor apartment, waking her children. She got a pan of water and ran back to her bedroom - by then the fire was taking over. Her older son started banging on apartment doors to wake up their neighbors and get someone to call the fire department. Minutes later she and her sons were shivering on a Brooklyn street in their underwear. Their cat died of smoke inhalation. Everything they owned - clothes, dishes, books - birth certificates, family photos, sentimental items, valuable items - was completely destroyed. All that remains of her bed are metal springs and ashes. The firefighters said if she'd woken 5 minutes later, they would have all died. Thankfully, miraculously, the boys are completely unscathed. Rebecca is not. Her hands, shoulders, face and hair are burned. These injuries could have been much, much worse and Rebecca will recover and be fine. Right now however, she is not. Right now, her boys are not. Right now, they need our help. Rebecca's apartment is owned by an - eccentric - gentleman who grew up in the building and is now a senior citizen. At this time, it appears he does not have any insurance that can replace what this family lost, or provide them with temporary shelter. Tonight they are sleeping in Rebecca's boss's home. They need shelter. They need clothing. They need household goods. They will need rent money and a deposit. Rebecca doesn't have health insurance. I have no idea what her medical bills will be. Rebecca does not have renter's insurance. Rebecca doesn't have a partner. I have known this woman since we were in the 8th grade. I am the godmother to 17 year old Colin. My sons and I have spent happy nights together with this family in that apartment. Now we are on the other side of the country and my heart is breaking for my friend. Rebecca does have - AMAZING GRIT. She is smart, hard-working and tenacious. She is realistic yet positive. She is strong yet flexible. She has always inspired me to be stronger, smarter, tougher. To laugh. To dare. To celebrate life. Rebecca WILL BE FINE. I know her, and I know this to be true. Rebecca has no idea I'm doing this - but what I'm doing is asking for your help. If you were at my wedding, you met Rebecca. If you were at my mom's Celebration of Life, you met Rebecca. Rebecca has saved me more times than I can count. I know her, I trust her, and I'm asking you to trust me and give as much as you can to get this family back on their feet. They need everything. Anything we can do will help. They live in Brooklyn. If you know of a home in Brooklyn they could live in for free or reduced rent while they regroup, email me. Otherwise, send money. We need to get them cash so they can rebuild. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask your friends to help as well. Together, we can make this right.