"First MS --- then my home. How do I go on?"...Ginny
My friend Ginny Owen --- disabled with multiple sclerosis, unemployed for several years due to physical/medical problems, in dire financial situation, divorced, living alone in the former marital residence in Roanoke County, VA --- had just gotten home with her food for her cats on June 13th, when a monstrous oak tree crashed onto her home. The tree broke open the roof over her bedroom, both bathrooms, destroyed the screened porch, cracked the ceiling and walls in other rooms, destroyed furniture, left rooms littered with beams and insulation, flooded with rainwater, and made her modest house unlivable.
Ginny has NO HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE,
as she couldn't afford it. She is basically homeless, heartbroken, and hoping for some way to repair her home, her sanctuary which brings her joy and stability in a difficult and uncertain life. (Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive disabling disease)
Trying deperately to stay optimistic, she is getting around on a broken ankle, which she injured while saving a chipmunk from one of her cats. Yes, she's an animal lover, who loves feeding the deer, birds, racoons, skunks and other 'critters' who visit her yard. Nature gives her great joy.The Current Situation
At present, Ginny is sleeping on a futon in her son's cramped apartment one hour's drive away --- not good for a painful hip long overdue for surgery.
Each time she returns home, she becomes more discouraged and distressed, as the tree is still on the roof (as of July 4), and rainwater from constant heavy storms continues to seep under the tarps and into the house.
On June 22, the Roanoke Times ran a large front page story on her catastrophic situation. As a result, several local organizations and individuals have offered help, but nothing has yet come about. But Ginny is grateful and in awe that people she doen't even know care about her and offer help. She feels she is learning an important life lesson about just how good people are, and hopes to some day be able to 'pay it forward'. But right now there is still a huge amount of work to be done --- which will require a significant amount of money. Ginny still needs a lot more help in putting her home and her life back together! Can you please help her?To see the Roanoke Times story and photo, click here:http://www.roanoke.com/news/2022916-12/storm-damage-ruins-roanoke-county-womans-home.htmlDonations of any amount will be received with heartfelt gratitude. To donate, please go to the top of this page and click the GIVE NOW
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