Today, we’re still trying to raise money to help my friend Cera, and 3 others that lived with her, to get a new home. They have 12 days left in a hotel that the Red Cross is supplying for them, and we’re trying to get enough in the fund within the next 12 days, to get them a months rent, and a deposit for an apartment so they have a place to stay and catch up on finances to start buying furniture, clothes, and other basic necessities. They’ve lost nearly their possessions. Luckily none of them, or their pets were harmed in the fire. Below is a picture of the home. More pictures will be posted soon showing interior damage. There was over $70,000 in damages.
I started this fundraiser not just because I’m a friend; I started it because I’ve been wanting to help give back more to my community as well, and I myself almost lost everything to a fire June 22, 2014. The opposite side of my apartment building caught on fire, but fortunately they stopped it before it took the whole building and I didn’t lose anything. I was homeless for a month however, my items were sitting outside in some crude storage pods. I had to wait for another apartment to open up so I know it’s a very rough situation. It saddens me that these guys are actually going through what I feared most happening to me.
Also, being in the military, I feel it’s my public duty to do what I can to help out, whenever I can. So there you have it. There will be more updates added regularly on the fundraiser page until we hit our goal, to keep all contributors updated, and see the happiness of the these guys as they see all the support they’re getting. I would also would like to add that next week, along with my website’s upcoming name change and update, I will be selling photos directly on this site. I’ll be donating over 50% of profits until the goal is met, and then some. The rest will go back into supplies, and up keep costs. I figured that I have a website, why not use it to make a difference!
Below is an article about the incident as well from our local news station. Even just a few dollars will help as it adds up. I’m trying to spread this fundraiser to as many areas as I can to raise the goal as soon as possible to help these people in their time of need!
Below is the link to the fundraiser:
They thank in advance for all those who support this cause!
~J. A. Ross