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Ruby (86 years young) Still Stranded by Sandy

Organized by: Ruby Kast

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Ruby Kast via Crowdrise
August 07, 2015

The goal has been met thanks to so many generous people!! Thank you so much. See More

THE STORY:

THE STORY:

In her own words...

"I am an 86 year old widow and a life-long resident of Massapequa. I taught elementary school for 25 years and currently work as a substitute - yes, still working at 86. Why? Because my home was completely destroyed by superstorm Sandy and condemned by the state. I have been displaced 3 times, and am currently living in an apartment that I am very fortunate to have. It's been almost three years and I'm trying to rebuild, but I have run out of money. In addition to paying rent, I pay taxes, home insurance and flood insurance for a house I do not have. I have dealt with the bureaucracies: FEMA, NY Rising and the Town of Oyster Bay. I have filed document after document and I'm told I still am a few documents short. I am getting so tired. Many ask why I just don’t give up and stay in the apartment - it is because I cannot bring myself to leave the past, the life we worked hard to build, what made us who we are, in rubble.

My husband and I, along with our two sons, lived in our home for 58 years. I met my husband in college when I was 17 years old, and he was a 22 year old just returning from serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served as a navigator on a B17. While on their 8th mission, his plane was shot down and he was captured and spent 10 months in a German prison camp. While at the camp, he was not properly cared for and suffered several bouts of pneumonia, along with so many other things. As a result, he had lifelong lung problems. We married in 1949 and had a miraculous marriage. He was truly the most wonderful person I ever knew. I taught elementary school for 25 years and was fortunate to be able to retire with my love for 9 years before he passed away. He died in 2003 and I lost my soul mate, best friend and partner. How lucky I was to have had such a great love.

After Wally died, I went back to work that September. I was 74 at the time, but I knew I couldn't stay home alone. Working as a substitute teacher was the perfect solution. I love the children and feel so blessed to be able to do this work, but the reality is that I have to. I am truly trying to help myself. I don't, nor have I ever wanted handouts, but each day, it becomes more difficult. Prices of building materials go up, more permits are required and the money provided by all the organizations who are there to help, just doesn't cover all of the unexpected costs. I just want to get my house built so I can return to my home - not my house, but my home where I raised my family and celebrated life with my one and only love!"

$26,235

 

105% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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  • Price family

    $100

  • The Baldinger Family

    $100

  • Tricia McGoey

    $100

  • Dina Schott

    $25

  • Kathy & Bob

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Vickie Ahearn

    $100

  • Margot Sawyer

    $100

  • Linda & Ken Murphy

    $100

  • Danna Kleiman

    $200

  • Lisa & Luigi Tredici

    $100

  • Tara & Frank Glowczewskie

    $25

  • Alexis & Tom Nuzio

    $100

  • Janeen Signorile

    $100

  • The Gray Family

    $100

  • Kathy Pullen

    $100

  • Sue & Mike Macri

    $100

  • Danielle Donohue

    $25

  • jacqueline padnick

    $100

  • Jackie Lee

    $100

  • Karen Ellinger

    $150

  • Michele Montefusco

    $150

  • Mary & Mike Velte

    $100

  • Marilyn and Marty Barr

    $100

  • Dawn McFadden Wharrie

    $50

  • Jennifer Kavic Grotz

    $100

  • Michael & Mia Tumminello

    $50

  • Rachel (Cohen) Casanova

     

  • The Maglio Family

     

  • Elizabeth Barr-Bier

     

  • Lisa and Tom Dorsa

    $100

  • Lauren & Steve Marocchi

    $300

  • Mike and Patty Dempsey

    $400

  • Gina and Jesse Berland

    $100

  • Amy (Varrichio) Ruiz

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chris & Jim Stankard

    $100

  • Marilyn LaBella, Joyce and Frank Seddio

    $200

  • Tom & Geri

    $100

  • Amy Cheesman

     

  • Stephanie Kavic

    $100

  • Barrie Sue Zicherman and Dan Schaefer

    $100

  • maria abbate &family;

    $300

  • Pat and Rob Diekroger

    $100

  • Valerie and Paul Pfundstein

    $100

  • Rosemarie & Tom Savidge

    $100

  • Stacy & Phil Sonzone

    $500

  • Kathy and Michael Landman

    $250

  • Garrett & Laura Fitzmaurice

    $100

  • Debbie & Joe

    $200

  • Elizabeth Kavic

    $100

  • Maria Barraco

     

  • Joan & Bill Giannone

    $300

  • Helen Lawlor

    $100

  • Jeanne and Max Brustmeyer

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Michael Molloy

    $100

  • The Scarola Family

    $100

  • The Zampolin Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Swinarski Family

    $100

  • Moore Family

    $50

  • Angela Delaney

    $100

  • Michael and Heather Smar

    $100

  • Madrid family

    $100

  • Lisa Brooks

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt and Danielle McNally

    $50

  • Lavender Family

    $100

  • Kali, Mia & Peter Konstantinakos

    $50

  • The Dietrich Family

    $100

  • Lisa and Kevin Burke

    $100

  • The Portogallo Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Siegel Family

     

  • Amy Yu

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Demos Family

    $100

  • Loretta and Russell Weber

    $100

  • Lynne & Lowell Wayne

    $100

  • Sandi and Issie

    $200

  • Kenneth Feeley

    $100

  • AnnMarie Anderson

    $50

  • Judi and Neil Zipkin

    $100

  • The Kavic Davis's

    $100

  • The Rinaudo Family

    $100

  • Scalise Family

    $100

  • Tha Littlefield Family

    $100

  • The Holmes family

    $100

  • Jon and Karen Marotta

     

  • Katherine Fitton

    $10

  • Mulcahy family

    $250

  • Carol ullman

    $100

  • $100.00

    $100

  • Kenan Altunis

    $7,630

  • Carole and Rudy Pattay

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Johnston Family

    $100

  • The DiDominica Family

    $100

  • Kilmeade Family

    $1,000

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Ruby Kast

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Donor Comments

Kilmeade Family

Kilmeade Family

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago

The DiDominica Family

The DiDominica Family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Johnston Family

Johnston Family

DONATION: $100

Outrageous that you're still fighting the bureaucracy, shame on them. We all hope you get home soon xox 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Carole and Rudy Pattay

Carole and Rudy Pattay

DONATION: $15

In memory of our friend Marc Plattner 3 years ago

Kenan Altunis

Kenan Altunis

DONATION: $7,630

My fondest early memories were in your class. Best of luck with the re-build. 3 years ago

$100.00

$100.00

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Carol ullman

Carol ullman

DONATION: $100

To the greatest teacher and old friend any parent could ever want to be a part of their children's and grandchildrens lives! 3 years ago

Mulcahy family

Mulcahy family

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Katherine Fitton

Katherine Fitton

DONATION: $10

I hope you reach your goal soon, Ruby :) 3 years ago

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