Sunshine for Sammy

For: The Richardson Family
Organizer: Joanna Sarver
of $4,000 goal.
Raised by 26 donors
66% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Sammy should be looking forward to summer.  Instead, he's worried about how his large family of eight will eat each day.  His parents lost their jobs and the family is now homeless.  They live in their car and struggle to meet the basic daily needs of life.  His father is trying hard to find a new job.  It's harder for his mom because she's pregnant.  Their family is loving, committed and supportive.  The kids' teachers have said Sammy's parents do more and are more involved than others who have far more.  Sammy & his family need our help.  They need us to stand in the gap for them and be the bridge between where they are today and where they could be tomorrow.  This is not a story of what is but of what could be.  Your help and support will change this family's life.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
Progress has been made.  The family is settling in to their home and hopes to be all in soon.  The community has generously provided through the Sunshine for Sammy fund and outside sources, as well.  We are very grateful for all that has been given.  It has indeed made a difference!

Two needs remain...the father needs a safe, reliable vehicle to travel to work and the family needs a full-size refrigerator.  If you or anyone you know would be willing to meet these needs, please call Joanna at 502-379-0336. 

Thank you for supporting this sweet family!

Joanna  Sarver

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
It seems like there's been a flurry of activity in the last several days!  The family has found and begun moving into a home.  Your generosity has provided the means to pay the downpayment on the new place which is a huge blessing.  Wonderful members of the community have also provided household items both large and small to the family in an effort to further meet their needs. 

The family benefits most from your prayer support as they settle in to a new home, begin preparations to start new schools next month and continue to build a new life. 

Blessings on you today!

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
If all goes well today, the family will have a new place to live!  Our generous donors have provided the means to pay the downpayment on the new place.  It is a miracle and a direct result of the loving, compassionate hearts of our supporters and donors.  Thank you so much!

The family is in need of a dining room table, eight chairs (if possible), living room suite, washer and dryer.  If you or anyone you know has these items in gently used condition, please call Joanna at 502-379-0336.

Again, we thank all of you for your giving hearts.  Know that you have made a difference!

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
The family has found a home and is going through the approval process now.  Please continue to support them in prayer as they make this needed transition.  Pray that all goes well and they can settle into a home very soon. 

Thank you for your continued prayers, support and generosity!  You have been life-giving and life-sustaining to this precious family!

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
We are seeing a positive response from the newspaper article.  A great, big THANK YOU to all our supporters and prayer warriors for their kindness and generosity!  You are a miracle!

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
In addition to the newspaper article, I wanted to let everyone know that the Sunshine For Sammy Fundraiser went really well!  We had a good turnout, met new friends and enjoyed the evening together.  We raised funds that will go directly to the family's new home as soon as one is found.  Thank you for your continued support!

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Joanna Sarver

Our local newspaper picked up the story about Sammy and his family.  A reporter wrote a moving piece about the family that went live online today and will be published in the paper tomorrow.  Check it out at  The family still needs our support, prayers and love as they continue through this difficult journey.  God bless!

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
With their mother's permission, I have posted pictures of some of the kids including Sammy. 

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
God is indeed good!  Even in the darkest of hours, the Lord's light never fades!

We have reached out to journalists from four local newspapers in the hope that one of them will pick up the story and draw the public eye to this situation.  We are praying one of the journalists will have a heart to write the story.

A wonderful, local optometrist has provided both parents with a free eye exam and eye glasses!  They are over-the-moon excited about this and are thrilled to know their vision needs will be met.  Up until now, the mother has taped and glued her old glasses together while the father has simply done without.  This is a huge answer to a significant need in their lives! 

We remain in need of a home for this precious family.  Time is of the essence and we cannot stress enough how important it is to find them a home. 

Each of our financial supporters has extended their grace and mercy to this family.  We are so very grateful for your support.  Please continue to lift this situation up to God in prayer.

We have decided to host a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for the family.  It will be this Friday night, June 20th, at 6pm at our home which is located at 145 Historic Drive in Mt Pleasant, SC.  Beverages and appetizers will be served.  We are bringing in vendors who will sell jewelry, purses, totes, organizers, handmade items, etc... ALL proceeds will go to the family.

Join us on Friday if you can and, if not, keep spreading the word about this family and their needs.  Most importantly, keep praying!

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Joanna Sarver
Today has been a flurry of activity...God is showing Himself mighty to save and restore!

A precious church member (who I have never met) called me this morning to offer his assistance in finding Henry a job.  Henry was able to make additional connections this afternoon and is continuing his pursuit of a job.  His spirits are higher today and he is believing for a job by the end of the week.

Today we were also able to build Henry's resume, order business cards and create promotional items all for the purpose of helping Henry secure the best position possible. 

With Henry's permission, we have taken the family's story more public by contacting two local newspapers in the hopes they will pick up the story and advance the potential for additional support. 

Several folks have reached out and offered furniture, clothing and community contacts to further assist the family as they rebuild. 

We are still lacking a long-term housing plan.  The family is actively seeking out their viable options but today was hard.  They had to checkout of the extended stay hotel and go to a relative's home which is small and certainly not intended for the 11 people it is now housing. 

Your continued prayer support is so very needed as the family continues to navigate these difficult circumstances.  Anyone willing to assist in whatever way they feel led is welcome to call or email me at any time.


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