Real People Hurricane Relief

Real People Relief is for individuals, families and groups who wish to help a person or family directly, with no "middle man" "Be The Change" Ghandi "I pray that I may not be tempted, by indifference or selfishness to withhold from others the help I have received." Author Unknown to me

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ginger, et al

Ginger B, Christine, Valory, Sara, Robin, Brittany, Kodey, Nick


Email: ginbax@yahoo.com
Location: Lucedale, MS
In one year’s time, Ginger hopes to have a place of their own for herself, Sara and Valory.
Number in Household: 8
Pets:
Baby Girl: 5 y.o. female dog.
Sunny: Baby Girl’s pup - 6 months old.
Gypsy: 1 y.o. dog
Some times it is hard to feed them, they do not get as much as they need from table scraps.
Dogs needs: Flea & tick collars, shampoos, any kinda canned dog food, heart worm and worm medicine.
Situation: Three weeks prior to Katrina, Ginger, Sara & Valory moved in with Christine, out of necessity of needing housing. Robin and her children moved in with Christine February 06, as her home has mold
Crowded living arrangements causing ill feelings, affecting the children’s grades. Children had no Christmas or birthdays since Katrina.

Christine applied for FEMA right after Katrina 05, denied. Not enough damage, though the trailer leans & leaks.
Current Living Arrangements: All 8 of us living in Christine’s 14x80, 3-bedroom trailer. Christine & Robin share a room. Boys sleeping on living room couch & floor. Sometimes all the kids sleep on the living room floor.
Two older girls sleep on a mattress on the floor of one bedroom. Ginger and Valory share one bedroom.

Help Received: food stamps. All children are on Medicaid. A local church.
Needs: Ginger and her children need a home. Robin and her children need help cleaning their home.
Foods – (even with food stamps we do run low, or out before the next month)
Canned goods: whole kernel corn, sweet peas, pork & beans, tomato's, tomato paste, tuna, chicken, beef, pork, mixed fruit, peaches, pears, evaporated milk, mixed veggies, potted meats, beanie weenies, soups, spaghetti sauce, pasta.
Jell-o, puddings, coffee, tea (regular and herbal), coffee creamer, sugar, flour, spices, seeds to grow herbs.
Jellies would be good (any).
The children would be tickled over any type of sweet goodies, they say no licorice, please.
Paper Products – Napkins, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper plates, Wet wipes.
School Supplies – notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, loose notebook paper, binders, book bags, crayons, erasers, glue.
Computer Supplies – paper, ink Lexmark Z23 (black & color)

Cleaning Supplies – Windex, Dish washing liquid, Surf laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, Dial liquid soap, 409, comet, latex gloves (size large), broom, rag mop, dust pan. Toilet brush.
Household Supplies – light bulbs, air fresheners, 13 gallon garbage bags, batteries (AAA-C), freezer bags (zip lock type, quart & gallon size), zip lock type sandwich bags, Lysol, coffee filters. Stores you shop at Wal-Mart & Local groceries.
Personal items - Deodorant, feminine products (pads), shampoo & conditioner, soaps, razors, baby oil, baby powder, hairspray, body wash/scrubs, body spray (guys and gals), lotions, Tylenol, Aleve, cough syrup, cold and sinus medicine

Clothing
Christine: 69
Pinks, Blues & earth tones.
size 24 pants/jeans and shirts (button ups or T-shirts).
Bra - 44D (no under wire please, white or beige) Panties - Size 13 any color (she likes the silky fabric, rather than the cotton).
Shoes - 10 wide. Socks - ankle socks size 10 women's (tennis & dress).
Mother says she would love an electrical drill with both forward and reverse.

Ginger: 46
Purples & earth tones.
size 3X-5X in t-shirts (Ginger is long waisted, so over-long shirts would be more appropriate than shorter shirts, this one is a girlie girl, likes frills...loves sweaters when cold weather.).
28 tall women's, in pants/jeans, 3X in stretch pants and shorts.
Bra - 44DD (no under wire please, any color) is allergic to fiberfill, no need of padded bras.
Socks - Size ladies 9/10 anklets and crew cut (any color).
Shoes – 8 1/2 Wide/Extra wide (hard to fit, as wide foot and high instep) (tennis & dress)

Robin: 32
Black (think subtle goth style)
Shirts/T's size S-M.
Skirts/pants/jeans size 0-4 women's.
Bra - 36A
Panties - Ladies size 6/7
Socks - Ladies size 9/912
Shoes - 9/10 (tennis & dress)
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies.

School uniforms for children: Khaki, navy for pants, skirts and jumpers. Navy, light blue & Maroon for shirts. Socks - white, navy, maroon.
Sizes as follows.
Also, Brittany had all our cosmetics with her during a sleep over, and left them in the car, her things were stolen, along with all of our make up. If anyone would like to send any make up, she would feel so much better about it. (email me for types)

Brittany: 15 years.

Camouflage, pinks, blues.
Shirts/T's size M-L ladies.
Skirts/pants/jeans size ladies 6/7
Bra - 36B
Panties - ladies 6/7 (any color)
Socks - ladies 9-91/2 anklet & crew (white for school, any color for home).
Shoes - women's size 9-10 (tennis & dress).
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies.
Brittany's Christmas Wish
Clothes and make up.CD's - Country & RapDVD's - Comedy & Horror

Kodey: 14 years.
Red, black, & green.
Shirts/T's - boys size L
Pants/shorts/jeans - size boys 18 regular
Boxers only - size 16/18 (any color).
Socks - 9-91/2 crew (white school and any color)
Shoes - men size 91/2 - 10 1/2 (tennis & dress).

Kodey's Christmas Wish
Model Cars & Airplanes
Playstation-II Games
DVD's - something 13 year old boys would like.


Sara: 13 years.
Pinks, blues.
Shirts/T's size M-L ladies.
Skirts/pants/jeans size ladies 6/7
Bra - 36B - 36C (any pastel color)
Panties - ladies 6/7 (any color)
Socks - ladies 9 - 91/2 anklet & crew (white for school, any color forhome)
Loves toe socks.
Shoes - women's size 9 - 9 1/2 (tennis & dress).
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies.

Sara's Christmas Wish
Jewelry or stuffed animals.
Something pretty to sit on her dresser or something she can use.
CD's Country (her favorites are Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Nelly and Kid's Pick)
She just had her ears pierced, and would love to have some earrings.Make up and finger nail polish.

Nick: 11 years.
Yellow, blue & orange.
Shirts/T's - boys size L.
Pants/shorts/jeans - size boys 16 husky.
Boxers only - size 14/16 (any color).
Socks - 9-9 1/2 crew (white school and any color)
Shoes - size 8 1/2 - 9 (tennis & dress).

Nick's Christmas Wish
X-Box Games
Playstation-II Games

Valory: 7 years.
Purples, reds/magenta, blues, (just any, she named off the rainbow)
Jumpers/dresses - size 12 -14 chubby.
Shirts/T's - child's size Large
Pants/shorts/jeans - size 12 - 14 chubby.
Socks - anklet & knee highs (white, navy maroon for school, and any color for home)
Loves toe socks.
Shoes - girls size 10 wide or 5 1/2 = actually better to fit her, than not.
Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies.

Valory's Christmas Wish
Children's DVD's (she loves watching these!)
Mermaids
Brat dolls
Coloring Books
Hand computer like games such a a Game Boy and games.

Christine: 70 years.
Pinks, Blues & earth tones.
size 24 pants/jeans and shirts (button ups or T-shirts).
Bra - 44D (no under wire please, white or beige) Panties - Size 13
any color (she likes the silky fabric, rather than the cotton).
Shoes - 10 wide. Socks - ankle socks size 10 women's (tennis & dress).

* Mother-Christine says if you have an old ladies Christmas wish list, she would love an warm winter blanket, however her bed is a king.

Ginger: 47 years.
Purples & earth tones.
size 3X-5X in t-shirts (Ginger is long waisted, so over long shirts would be more appropriate than shorter shirts, this one is a girlie girl, likes frills...loves sweaters when cold weather.).
28 tall women's, in pants/jeans, 3X in stretch pants and shorts.
Bra - 44DD (no under wire please, any color), is allergic to fiberfill, no need of padded bras.
Socks - Size ladies 9/10 anklets and crew cut (any color).
Shoes - 81/2 Wide/Extra wide (hard to fit, as wide foot and high instep) ( tennis & dress)

A Christmas wish from me would include any item that is for crafting, as I do enjoy decoupage, crotchet, knitting, painting, drawing and other creative crafts.

Robin: 33 years.
Black (think subtle goth style with this one.)
Shirts/T's size S-M.
Skirts/pants/jeans size 0-4 women's.
Bra - 36A (any color & black)
Panties - Ladies size 6/7
Socks - Ladies size 9/912
Shoes - 9/10 (tennis & dress)

Would love to have hair accessories and scrunchies. Or a warm ski suit, since she freezes even down here.

11/1
I'm writing online articles for http://www.need-an-article.com/.
I've been asked to be one of their proofreaders as soon as they have the system set up, which will mean more money and a diversion from continually writing, so that will make a nice change.
They are also soon to begin a new Choose a Writer program and then clients will be able to choose the writer they want to work with, rather than sending a request and it being randomly picked by a first come first serve basis or the open bin.

This means that we will be able to charge our own rates, we also have an option to set our price, yet be able to negotiate with the client concerning the request and the amount they pay.

This will also mean more money. Thank goodness. :)

So, if you run into anyone who needs an article, send them on over and tell them to look for Ginger. :D

The kids are growing, Sara just had her 13th birthday. School is in, and they seems to be doing good, so that's great. Valory loves the first grade and her teacher and is progressing nicely with a B average for her age.

I decided to just go ahead and buy me a storage building when they were on sale at Lowe's. Hoping to have my stuff here at mom's while not having to continue with unit rental. However, I've not been fortunate enough to have someone help me build it yet, so it's still in the box. I'm hoping as it gets cooler that I will be able to round up some help, so I can stop having to pay a monthly storage fee. Then I'll put that money into the savings for a place to live.

5/3
It's wild how time flies, I hadn't realized how much time has past.

Well, the situation with my friend didn't work out, but it's ok...

I was personally invited to a work site for hiring writers.
Seems like real nice people and a real nice place.
No fees to join, plenty of work. However they are particular about their writers being quaility writers.

Actually, being on dial up slows me down a bit, but I have been able to catch some interesting subjects to write about.
It feels good!

I bought a bag of potting soil, but am gonna have to get another before it's all over with, for the container gardening.

I like to plant and transplant with the phases of the moon, I miss last months new moon, but plan to get some planting in during the next new moon.

Although, Valory came in with a poor dead plant that they had planted at school, so I did plant some mint seeds in that, so there would be something growing for her.
They are beginning to sprout out now.

Well, I just wanted to give a little update, since it's been awhile.

Ya'll all take care, and watch out for those scammers, their on this like hungry dogs. So before you just click them an email back, go to google or any search engine, type in their email address + spam and if they are frauds you should know fairly soon.

Do not give your info out to just anyone, cause there are folks out there just preying on anyone they feel they can.

Take care and keep smiling, before too much longer, it'll be better!
3/29 I'm thinking I might just see if I can find some pots and just make a container garden, and not worry about the ground, as far as planting goes.
The kids liked the candy. Thanks!
There's a church here that has a yard sale every so often, we went there this weekend and bought some things.
I'm talking with a friend, he works on a ship, but he wants to fix houses and sell them. He wants me to look into doing that and we'll partner up.
He'll foot the money, if I foot the brain work.
I'll have to research to learn how to do it, then fill him in on what's what.
He wants to buy a house.
He'll let me and the kids live there, so someone's there while he's on the sea.
He works 4 1/2 months, and is only home for 2 weeks, and he wants someone in the house so no one messes around while he's out.
We're just talking right now, so i don't really know to much more.
So, we'll see how this pans out.

2/8
I decided to put some of our things that are packed in storage up for auctions on ebay. I've sold 14 items so far. And have more up now.
We have some things that haven't been used in awhile, and I see that they might be better used in this way to help us, than to just sit in containers waiting for us to find a home of our own.
I plan to add as I am able to afford the fees, as I am not one to get in to far over my head with debt. So, I pay as I go, rather than let it build up to much owing the fees. And I'd rather pay that this way, than to let them collect from my small bank account.
I've talked with someone who is wanting to sell off her webstore inventory, and we've worked out a payment plan that helps both of us get what we want and need for this issue. It's not a great deal of things, but it does take money to make money they say, and I find this true.
I wish I knew how to fill out grant forms, and I'd apply for a grant to help build a business, so if anyone knows and would like to share any tips or links for learning how to apply for grants (single mother or business) please let me know. You can email me, but you'll have to make some reference to this in your subject line as I don't open emails from someone I don't know, or someone who uses a good reference that I know to look for in the emails.
We as a group have gone through many different winter illnesses, getting someone better and someone else getting ill with the same or something different. Thank goodness for Medicaid, as I have no idea how we would be able to get them in to see a Dr. when they need to go.
The kids have their days. Some days are good days. Being cooped up in the house because of cold weather hasn't helped much as they aren't able to just go outside and play. Being cramped up inside sometimes leads to short tempers with all the kids. We try to keep them busy, or just calmed down.
It'll get better as it warms up, so they can spend more time outdoors.
Things are about the same as before, their school grades have picked up a little, but not much. Being in such a small place makes it hard for them to get into finishing up their homework.
Sara has started biting her nails again.
Valory, bless her heart sometimes wets the bed now. I read somewhere, that there were many that have started doing this since Katrina. (which is very sad that all these little people, children are suffering so much because of the effects that it's had on families.)
Brittany's temper has gotten very short, and she finds it hard to just listen to adults, which may just be a teenage thing, but I think if she wasn't cooped up like this it wouldn't be so hard on her. Kodey has brought his grades back up some, but he can do so much better. I think he's bored, but I'm not really sure. Every once in awhile he will wet the bed, I'm not sure why this is, maybe he dreams he's at school. (I've heard other children tell this when they wet the bed and were bigger kids.)
Nick is just Nick, he keeps himself busy with computer games, sometimes he's so quite you'd not know he's around, but sometimes shew! He picks on Valory sometimes. I'm not sure why, maybe that he's not the little fellow in the house and there's someone smaller to pick on. She goes back at him most times, sometimes she just cries.
We try to make the best of whats going on here.
I'd leave if I had somewhere to go. If it were just me, I'd just live in my car or the tent, but I have to think about my children, and I really don't want to live in my car or the tent.
It's just hard being crammed into one small trailer with so many people.
We are always washing clothes and dishes, sometimes we can talk the kids into helping, but most of the time it's one big hassle to get some help. Valory seems to be more help than the bigger kids, and I hope that 'not wanting to help' does not rub off on her.
They are all good kids, they are just having a hard time right now, which is understandable, it's hard on us grown people. And we wish and do what we can to make it better for them.

1/8
Things are about the same here.It is a new year!I'm learning eBay in hopes that there might be a be of income for us, by selling a lot of stuff from our storage unit. I see no sense in our things just sitting in a unit, with no home to be loved in, so I figure I'll see what I can sell. Out with the old and in with the new I suppose. I'm waiting for some people to pay me for my writing.I only know to just keep trying, and somehow I'll come upon where I'm supposed to be.We just need a home of our own, and somehow, we'll have one once more.

12/15
Hello Leslie,I just received a phone call from one of my cousins, she and her family always adopt a Christmas angel off the Wal-Mart trees, since she is an associate. This year she happened to mention it to her mother, who had been talking with my mother, Christine, and found out that we were having a difficult time this season. She called to let me know that they would like to adopt Valory as their Christmas Angel.I wanted to let you know, now to find the kleenex.
12/12 Update
Things are about the same.Though, I was able to get Sara some makeup and Valory a Dora Explorer hand game, and a couple of stuffed monkeys, for Christmas. So far Robin hasn't come up with Christmas for hers though, but there's still a few more days. It may not be much, but hopefully they will have a little something.I feel a bit better now that I have the girls a few things.









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4 Comments:

Anonymous Ginger said...

Thank you Leslie.

10/29/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Has it been 2 weeks already? Wow, time flies...
Things are still the same, but we have hope.
The Jack Russell Terrier got run over by a truck just the other day, we're trying to gather funds so the vet can work on her.

If anyone is interested in helping this dog, donations can be sent here to pay for the vet service.

George County Veterinary Clinic
15259 Highway 613
Lucedale, Ms
39452
phone: 601-947-1976

owners name: Robin Rae Howell
dog: "Gypsy", female - jack russell terrier. (hernia damage)

11/09/2006 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Re: Gypsy

the vet sent her back home, he was unable to do the surgery, because her heart rate bottomed out right after they put her to sleep, they had to bring her around immediately.
My sister was told that the dog had suffered to much stress from the accident and then being placed in a cage at the vets office where she didn't know anyone.
She is to be taken back to the vet this Thursday the 16th to try again.

11/14/2006 6:54 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Well, I'm still selling on Ebay.
http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=wistfullistings_369&include=0&sort=3&rows=25&since=-1&rd=1

I've auctioned off 37 items so far!
Please come by and visit my ebay listing!

Thanks,
Ginger and family

3/05/2007 8:09 AM  

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