A CALL FOR ACTION: This "Pay it Forward" Housing Campaign" has been initiated to help this Veteran .
4/11/18 - UPDATE:
BACKGROUND: A by chance and divine encounter with (former U. S. ARMY Staff Sergeant - Veteran) Aurita MALDONADO and a group of Good Samaritans took place at the Panaderia Viequense on January 8th, 2018 located on the island of Vieques, PR. While Aurita waited patiently to fill her craving for an Eclair “Long John” donut, the group discovered that she is a COMBAT Purple Heart & Disabled Veteran that was injured by a 200 lbs. IED blast while on patrol during her tour in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on October 6th, 2009.
The group of Samaritans were already on the island in search of veterans needing assistance, began a conversation with her, and discovered that Aurita was totally displaced by the wrath of Hurricane Maria. At the time, she was 4 months pregnant with no immediate access to care. At the time, she was temporarily living with a family member and working outdoors doing lawn maintenance work with her husband in order to make ends meet. With Aurita’s permission, the Samaritans conducted a video interview of her story with a promise to share it on social media in hopes of gaining public attention to her story.
As a result, the video was launched via the Facebook and YouTube platforms as a story for people to embrace. Many people have already gravitated towards her video resulting in over 15K views to date. Shortly after, another Samaritan descended who helped facilitate some of the great initiatives listed below and who also took the lead of her case. Since then, several other Samaritans have also joined her cause and contributed to these efforts .
- A move for her and family to temporary quarters. (Now extended through June 22nd, 2018).
- A purchase of a new generator for power.
- A new cell phone for communication.
- Flights to/from the island of Vieques, PR onto the mainland to attend her scheduled and prenatal care VA appointments.
- The delivery of fresh foods, fruits, vegetables through a food voucher.
- A surprise delivery of a newly donated washing machine.
- The delivery of new garden tools equipment for lawn work.
- An online baby shower.
- A visit from State Senator Eric Correa
- A site visit to select (2) 40ft containers that will be converted to a place that she'll soon call HOME. (Now delayed due to the LACK of Adequate FUNDING and the PURPOSE of this Pay it Forward Housing Campaign initiative).
- Land has been clear and leveled. 1st Phase foundation work is currently underway.
CURRENT (UPDATED) SITUATION: Aurita was recently made aware that her container home conversion initiative lacked the proper funding needed to move forward with her project. This has been an unfortunate and unforeseen dilemma that completely blindsided her and her ability to work this on her own. Her initial thoughts and understanding was that the source of funding was already reserved and secured for her home. She immediately contacted the original group of Samaritans that initially published her story for help and they sprung into action by launching this official YouCaring fundraising page on behalf of her dire situation. The unanticipated early arrival of the birth of Baby David has now thrust this dilemma into a high priority level need as their temporary housing occupancy will EXPIRE on until June 22, 2018. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
FUNDING NEEDED: A total of $43K has been estimated of this housing project for Aurita and her family.
BUSINESS PARTNERS AND SPONSOR SUPPORT ENCOURAGED: Seeking Individual people, businesses, institutions, organizations, sponsors or any interested parties that will like to COLLABORATE or PARTNER up with us in making a difference with IMPACT! for this American HERO.
https://www.facebook.com/ozzy.ramos.10/videos/1515480525187838/ (Aurita’s initial video)
https://www.facebook.com/tomorrowsnotguaranteed (Aurita’s Facebook Page)
http://tomorrowsnotguaranteed.com/tag/aurita-maldonado/ (Online Story on Aurita)
http://www.newscentermaine.com/video/news/local/now/now-from-homeless-to-helping/97-8043286 (Jenny Jordan’s Interview)
https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-baby-registry-items?id=e8accd42-6e4f-493b-91de-f80869c8da29 (Walmart Baby Registry)
http://www.franknews.us/news/55/55 (Aurita's Deployment Playlist)
A CALL FOR ACTION:
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND STEP FORWARD: The most self-sacrificing and genuine act of your GIVING also possesses the power to transform her life. Our Journey of a Thousand Miles MUST Begin with a Single STEP! Please consider becoming an AMBASSADOR and ADVOCATE for Aurita by donating to this effort and then SHARING her story. We thank you in advance. #SupportAuritaMaldonado #ChangeforaChange
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