$1,295 of $50,000
16 donations

This fundraiser ended on 05/27/12

Create a fundraiser like this

Please help us fix our tornado damage and get our kids back into their home.

2011 was a year of challenges for our family. A tornado struck our home on April 16th, 2011 and threw our lives into a tailspin. Our home sustained major damage but is still standing. The foundation has split from the forces of the winds. With each day that passes the damage appears to be worsening. The last 12 months have been nothing but a disaster. Our insurance company refuses to offer us a fair settlement or closure to our claim. It will take roughly $136,000 just to repair our home, and the insurance has only offered $13,000!! We are currently paying a mortgage on the damaged home along with rent for the temporary home in advance, in hopes that they will reimburse us each month. We have only 2 more months of additional living funds from our insurance, and that is only if they keep reimbursing us as they are required to. We are a one income family and are struggling to keep our family afloat. We have to throw out most of what we owned, due to fiberglass/dangerous particle contamination. To make things worse, we had a mice infestation that resulted from all the holes that the insurance company cut into drywall in the home. Every inch of our home is now covered in mice feces and urine and requires a very costly biohazard cleanup before repairs can even begin. If it were not for the kindness of our family, friends and community we would have nothing to furnish our temporary home or clothe ourselves and our 4 kids in. We spent five weeks in a hotel, three months in a smoky apartment, and have moved 4 times in the last 11 1/2 months. Our children have lost much of what they treasured, and yet they have only wished to be back in our home, and for our home to be safe again. We have not had a chance to get out of crisis mode, and the bills just pile up. We have spent just about all the savings we have just trying to keep our family together and safe. We have an uphill battle to fight with the insurance company and yet our needs are urgent. We have not been able to begin repairs on our home. It may be several months till the claim is settled and a contractor can begin repairs. Our future is uncertain and we pray that God will bless us according to his plan. Please help us to breathe again. Thank you.

If you would like to donate or offer help in a different way or have any questions please email us at

Some background on our family:
Jason & I have been married for 11 years and have 4 wonderful children. We are an active Christian family and enjoy volunteering and giving back to our community. Jason is former military, and a current Coast Guard Auxiliary Member. His vehicle was hit by a drunk driver in a stolen, uninsured truck back in 1998 and he struggles with back and neck injuries even today. He will soon be having neck surgery to remove a tumor on a vertebrae. Our nine year old son has numerous medical problems and will be undergoing more testing to try to diagnose his serious health issues. We may have to travel to California soon to see one of only 5 specialists in the country who could possibly help diagnose and treat our son. All this while also dealing with the financial and emotional struggles that come with trying to settle this tornado claim. We have learned a lot from this experience and have grown in our relationship with Christ. We are thankful for the blessing of hardship that the Lord has given because it has taught us to rely on and take refuge in Jesus.
View more

Supporter activity

Login to post a comment
or Login