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Old 06-25-2014, 08:21 AM   #4151
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Thank you! We don't know them very well, but we don't care about that. They've lost their home and we feel very badly..and now we need to figure out how we can help them.

We'll figure it out. Thanks for letting me be so angry and hurt here.
I'm so sorry to hear about this. Call the Red Cross right away. Taking care of people in this kind of situation is what they're there for. Best wishes.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:12 PM   #4152
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Sending good vibes to the Hernandez family. It's nice to read about such a good neighbour as you, CCL.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:32 AM   #4153
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The Red Cross has given them hotel rooms, and things are moving quickly. I'm glad to say Allstate was there on Wednesday, and First Restoration, a company which cleans and rebuilds fire damage has been there yesterday and today working on the house.

Our neighbors and I have been leaving bags of groceries, non-perishible items on their front stoop, and they're very grateful. We're feeding their adult cats there, and we've taken in the three kittens.

My five adult cats are having hissy fits because they know there's kittens in the guest room, although the door is closed. The kittens are weaned, but we felt they're too young to be outside for now. Plus, one had an awful eye infection, so we had to get that treated. He's fine now, his eyes are clear.

Right now, our household is very interesting with 8 cats and my very confused dog.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:36 AM   #4154
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Once again, bless you, CCL, and your poor confused dog! Hope all goes well.
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:04 AM   #4155
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Thanks! There are just bumps in the road to helping neighbors, is all. But it's all worth it, because neighbors are neighbors and we all live here and care for one another.

Lilly would love to be friends with the kittens, but one of the kittens, I believe, has insulted Lilly by hissing and spitting at her. Poor puppers! She'll get over it.

The same one likes to climb my legs....when I'm wearing shorts. Ouch!
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:00 PM   #4156
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Things are moving along! Everyone on our street is pitching in with food, clothes, and even mundane things like toothpaste, soap, towels, money, etc., etc.

I found out one of the girls' purse burned. She is 17. I had a lovely Coach purse with a matching wallet in my closet, intended for a friend's birthday gift, but she was killed in a car accident two days before her 58th birthday three years ago and I just kept the purse and wallet, sadly.

Now a precious little 17-year-old has a very nice purse and wallet. I unloaded some clothes on them which didn't fit me any more, and a horrendous set of dishes my sister gave me some years ago. I apologized for the dishes, but their Mom laughed and hugged me for them. I gave them a Walmart gift card, a couple of nice velour blankets ( I do LOVE re-gifting, lol!), and a bunch of microwaveable cookware. I don't use the nuker that much, so I didn't need it.

They came to visit their kittens today, and they were so happy to see them it made me cry. Here I was with 6 kids stuffed into our guest bedroom, playing with their kittens....wow, just wow.

The other neighbors, everyone on our street, are giving all they can and it's like a miracle to this sweet family. I could kick myself for not knowing them better, and I have vowed to be a much better neighbor to everyone, and not wait for a tragedy to do it out of necessity. Life's too dang short.

But this has brought us all closer, and if there is any silver lining to this nasty cloud, it's that. It's strange how you find out how much you really care for someone (or someONES) when all of a sudden something as horrible as this happens to them, even though you don't know them too well.

I think I'm starting to see the light at the end of this dark, awful tunnel and come what may, we will get them through this, no matter what.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:07 PM   #4157
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Thanks for the update, CCL. I know I wish I had neighbors like you!
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What PF said. What a wonderful neighbor you are!
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:27 PM   #4159
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CCL, bless you for helping these people. You are truly a kind soul. Many of us could take a lesson from you.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:52 AM   #4160
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I thank you all for your kindness, but every single person/people on our street has given things and money to them, too. All I did was bang on doors and ask if they could help me help them.

It's brought every one of us closer to each other, and I am so proud of my neighbors. So much has poured out from them to the family and to be honest, I've never been so proud and grateful to be a part of such a bunch of awesome people.

We're not done yet, and we won't be done until they move back into their home, all fixed up and beautiful again. I pray it comes very soon for them!
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