A little update on how Cari is doing....first of all, she is very grateful for all the support she's been getting, from both friends and strangers alike. It really is amazing to see how everyone comes together in someone's tragedy to help uplift a friend/stranger and her son. It's been almost a week since the fire but she is still trying to comprehend it all; losing your home and many of your belongings is very disorientating and on top of all that, having to make decisions on how and where the money needs to go to make a new path to a new life is overwhelming in itself.
From Cari and myself and her friends who have jumped in to help: thank you to all who have helped in every way that was possible for you; we have not forgotten that every time we've asked for money or donations that this takes a little away from your own family, your life and your plans to help someone else in need. Even if what you gave was only a little bit, it's what has made it possible to help Cari through this hard time in her life. Please don't ever think that the $5 was not enough to make a difference, every little bit has helped and we are grateful for all who have reached out with donations and/or prayer!
We are halfway to her goal of $10,000 which I know seems to be a huge goal amount! But if you consider everything in your life that we need for survival, not to mention a place to start over, ten thousand is just a tiny amount to make a new start. So again, I'm asking that if you are able to give (or give again), please help Cari to make this goal. Again, we thank you for what everyone has done, and there just will never be enough words to ever repay you for your kindesses.
Because of everyone's generosity, Cari now has a new toaster oven (yes, she needs to be able to cook so she and her son can eat!) she has clothes, she has blankets, and dog beds, cat food and dog food. She has received cash donations and gift cards which has made it possible for her to get a new microwave (she has had to boil water the "old fashioned way") and get groceries. Her vetinarian bills are starting dwindle down, thanks to so many people who donated by helping pay for the bill. Cari herself has also used much of the money to pay the bills down as well as a check that she received before the fire to pay for it.
She's good on what she needs right now and we thank you for all your donations. Today she and some friends will be going through her condo to find what is still salvagable. The problem with fires though, is that if it is not burned, it is most likely ruined by water damage or soot. Much of her things that have escaped the fire are still ruined because of all the soot and ash that does not wash out as you would think. Soot and ash make a mud that doesn't wash out well or even at all sometimes. Toothbrushes and cups that have been found in seemingly good condition (meaning, not burned) have had to be thrown out because it would be a danger to health to drink or brush teeth with so much chemical exposure.
So this update is mainly to inform you that Cari is doing much better, thanks to so many. She said she is "good" with where she's at for now (and what she can handle with the place she is staying. Thanks to a good friend who is helping her out, she has a roof over her head, however it is one room with herself, her son, four dogs and two cats.) Money donations and gift cards would still be appreciated; we still have some time to reach our goal, so if you could help by passing this link around, please do! And again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!
Cari has also asked that those who would like to donate something to consider donating Fido Bags to your local fire station. Fire stations rely on people's donations for Fido bags, and it's because of Fido bags that many animals have been saved. However, only a few fire trucks carry them as only a few have been donated. Here is the link: http://www.thefetchfoundation.com/Company-News-and-Press-Releases/JETTBOs-FUND-DONATES-FIDO-BAGS-TO-ARIZONA-FIRESTATIONS.html Please check in your local area!
If you would like to donate checks or gift cards to Cari, you may do so at St. Joseph's Church; this is the "holding place" for Cari's donations.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
5406 E Virginia Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Thank you again!!!