Get Susan's Home Mold-Free
Organized by: Kym Lee
Update: With the help of my husband, sister Linda, and friend Cindy, we were able to sort and clean all the contents of the home this weekend! Sadly, we had to throw away a lot of items. If it could not be washed, was not a hard surface, or had too many holes we couldn't reach, we had to throw it away to be safe.
If you prefer to give items instead of a financial donation, I've made a list of items that we tossed and/or they will need. Please consider signing up to give a USED or new item:
We helped buy a house for my Kurdish refugee friend Susan and her family of 7 (oldest 14 and youngest 1 years old). I've known them over 7 years and really love and care about them. They were living in a 2 bedroom apartment (with bed bugs). They had been trying to move out to a 3 bedroom home, but just could not afford the extra $300 monthly for rent. We bought this 3 bedroom home plus partial basement and renovated it earlier this year. We charged them only $20 more than their previous 2 bedroom apartment rent. Everything was great.
Until this summer, when the whole family went back to Iraq (they had free flight vouchers). They had a little bit of mold on a rug that they had bought but couldn't get it out. They didn't think much about it and turned off the air conditioning and dehumidifier when they left. On 8/9, I went to check on the home after 2 months and was shocked to see a thin film of green mold covering the rugs, couch, floor...everywhere. I had Flood X, a mold remediation company come out. The good thing was that there were no leaks and the mold was just surface level that appeared to have spread from the rug and the heat and humidity buildup. The bad news was that it will cost $6,000 to disinfect the entire house (basically scrub the house down 3-5 times). I'll clean the contents like clothes, bedding, and dishes. We'll have to toss the rugs and couches to be safe.
I felt so overwhelmed, wondering if I should consider taking vacation and all weekend to clean the mold up myself plus hiring some laborers, but my younger sister Linda and co-worker encouraged me to create this campaign and get it professionally done.
I'm a newbie at this, but please consider donating towards getting Susan's home mold-free and possibly some new couches. Thank you for reading!