Re: West Michigan Hams - Adopting a Family this Christmas
I suggest we pass a hat at this Thursday's meeting. A most wonderful
opportunity in this season. There are a lot of us hurting.
--- In W8ZHO@yahoogroups.com, "Tom VanderMel KB8VEE" <kb8vee@...> wrote:
> Hello fellow West Michigan Hams members:
> In the sprit of Christmas giving I have came across a fellow
> ham that by no means of his own has come on hard times. We as hams
> are willing to help out our communities with events, preparing and
> practicing in case of emergency so we would be able to help out
> others. We should also make sure we help out our own and with this in
> mind I would like to adopt this ham and his family to help out this
> Christmas with taking a collection up for them and keep this going in
> future years by putting a committee in place this coming year to
> handle this. Greg and Tom at Tool Max have agreed to be the
> collection point for all donations.
> Here is some information on the family we are trying to help this
> year ..
> Mark Strait - KD8BIG has in the past helped out ARES with runs and
> races and also been involved with the Red Cross this all came to a
> halt after he suffered a heart attack in June 2006 and he has not
> worked since. He has been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood
> pressure and cholesterol, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome,
> numerous tumors on the soft tissue, thyroid problems and the a few
> more things. Needless to say he will not be returning to work anytime
> soon. His wife is working and he does draw disability. They have a
> daughter Shelby who is mentally challenged and a son Cameron.
> For their house they have some needed roof repairs and kitchen
> counter tops. Mark cashed in part of his 401(K) to get much of the
> needed house maintenance done. He does not want to loose the rest of
> his 401(K).
> Gift cards would be the best choice for clothing. That way they can
> simply go to the store and have everyone "Try it on" to make sure it
> Cameron will be 13 on December 30th. He loves Game-Boy stuff and Play
> Station games. I do not know if they still have a PS2 or not. Mark
> liquidated a lot of stuff to pay bills.
> Shelby will be 11 in August and she loves dressing Barbie dolls. Keep
> in mind Shelby's mental status is that of roughly a five or six year
> old. She can turn just about anything into a toy. She too has a love
> for Game Boys and Play Station stuff.
> Cash donations can be give to Tom for gift cards and nonperishable
> food goods will also be collected at Tool Max
> Donations can be dropped off or sent to:
> Tool Max Industrial Supply
> 6516 Schamber Dr
> Muskegon, MI 49444
> Attn: Tom VanderMel KB8VEE
> Thank You all for giving this your consideration and thank you for
> being part of West Michigan Hams
> 73 from my Family to yours Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
> Don Meyer - KB8ODB
> Any comments or qustions please contact me off the reflector at: