Irene Krajeski Amendola
Hi my name is Irene- Krajeski-Amendola'
I recently had a fire and my home burned down to the ground. We lost everything and I mean everything. I only had on pj's was in bed when it happened ,my German Shepherd male. "Apache" saved my life. He was downstairs when the fire started ,due to faulty electrical wiring, Fault landlord. My husband was outside walking the female " Zelda" and I fell back to sleep, the smoke had put me into a deep sleep. When he jumped on me the fire had already reached the 2nd floor where I was and I couldnt even see his face just black smoke and flames, I ran downstairs thought he was with me, So I had to go back through all that smoke and fire to get him then I through him down the stairs, a 150LB petrified dog with my chronic back and neck condition I was amazed at the way I did it. I guess when something like this occurs your adrenaline takes over. Well losing everything is an awful feeling its 4 weeks now and I realize its gonna take much longer to stop with the nightmares and stuff. Things like sofas, tables ,TV's and such are material and can be replaced with sometime but, it can never bring your photos and all the memories I haditems I have saved for years they will all have to stay in my heart, All the photos of my girls and basically my whole life went up in smoke, Time after time these past 4 weeks I go to reach for something and it's not there, who knows how long that's gonna take? Well that day Red Cross came to our rescue, they stepped up to bat and took over, they put us and dogs in a hotel and also gave us funds to get some things, but not only that they offered alot of services to us,when we left hotel we had so much stuff it was awesome so much help even the hotel owner gave me some clothes , Therapy was offered and nurses that stayed on the phones for days to help me recover my medications that were lost, and even offered to help pay for new dentures as well. they still call me after all these weeks to check up on us . That is amazing these folks are all volunteers, well 2 out of every 200 are paid. So this is why I feel I need to do this, if we can just give a little bit it doesnt have to be much because a little from each person adds up quickly and 5.00 - 10.00 is alot for someone who has lost everything, I have always been a giver, not a taker, a lover not a fighter. And I felt guilty to even take any money from them, In fact the day after the fire I was at HRC which is an organization that puts people in homes such as myself in time of need, When I went there they told me I had to wait till the day I had to be out of hotel to get any help. Well I am fortunate to have family to help us out with getting in a home, so I knew the right thing to do was not go back there. As I was leaving I saw families with their kids and dogs and suitcases sitting out front waiting for a home. I couldnt stand to see that, So I reached in my bag and gave to 2 families a little bit of money, I knew it wasnt much at all but the looks on the little kids faces when they saw the money it was an awesome feeling, The little boy said to his mommy can we eat now? That was so heartbreaking. I wish I could help all the kids and families who suffer from such loss as mine. If anyone out there would like to join me in this, helping others fundraiser, please email me on facebook its the best way I know these days to get in touch with people. folks I am just getting started so bear with me until I am 100% on top of things. Thanks everybody, when I make the first donation you will know when it is time to start, Thanks again,
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