As most of you know, we will be embarking on the Hip2Help Tour in early July and are planning to sponsor between 1-3 families in 4 different communities along the way. Thanks to the help of Hip2Save reader volunteer Kim Campos from Memphis, Tennessee, we are honored to introduce three more of our sponsored families in Tennessee, the Carruth, Jackson, and Houston families. Here are their stories:
The Carruth Family
The Carruth family lost their home of 9 years and nearly everything inside it this past April/May when flood waters crested above windows of their mobile home in Frayser, Tennessee. Nearly everything was lost due to the flood and resulting toxic black mold was left behind. Ms. Carruth’s son, her son’s girlfriend and her grandson (18 months), who all stayed with her, also lost personal belongings, clothing, and baby items. When asked what she and her family are most in need of, Ms. Carruth replied:
*Diapers (size 4), wipes and baby care supplies
*Boy summer clothes (Size 2t)
*Dining room table and chairs
*Living room furniture
*Mattresses: 1 twin, 1 full
The Jackson Family
Ms. Jackson is a 69 year old recently widowed woman who lost her mobile home to the recent flooding in Tunica, Mississippi. She was able to save her clothes, mattresses, washer, and refrigerator, but lost everything else and her mobile home is a complete loss. When asked what she needs the most, she replied:
*Furniture (dresser, lamps, etc, she lost everything)
*Bed frames (2 full sized)
The Houston Family
In the spring of 2010, Mrs. Houston’s den which sits lower than the rest of the home, was flooded with several inches of water due to an overflowing Mississippi River. She was not so lucky this year as the river left her entire home under several feet of water. She is able to still live in her home but is currently working on replacing sheet rock, floors, and more. At 81 years old, Mrs. Houston is lively yet, understandably, having a difficult time coping with the fact that “everything is ruined.” Here is what she needs:* Furniture (especially a couch and chairs)
* Personal care items
* Household items
Please mail donations for these 3 families to the following address:
Note: If your donated items are not immediately needed by the family, they will be stored in this location until we arrive in July.
Attn: Hip2Help Tour/______ Family (please specify the family)
5412 Peyton Randolph St.
Bartlett TN 38134
* Please contact Kim at 901-355-4243 if you have any specific questions about donating to these families.If you’re new around here, you may be asking yourself “What is the Hip2Help Tour?!” Click here for more information.