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September 9, 2005

Katina’s Family Hurricane Fund

Tags: Everyday Life — 1:56 am Comments (4)

**Updated**
Donate via PayPal
* I’m working with friends at PayPal hopefully to waive the transaction fees…I’ll let you know how it goes.

Short version of the story:
My wife Katina is from New Orleans and her family was affected significantly by Hurricane Katrina. They’re all accounted for, safe, and doing okay, and they’re currently in Dallas, Texas and Brandon, Miss. If you’d like to donate to her family, we set up a PayPal link above. Otherwise, just keep us in your prayers. You know how Katina and I do things, we’re going to take care of business and make sure our family is taken care of.

Here’s the full story:
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans about two weeks ago (just as I was finishing Ironman Canada). Most of my wife’s family evacuated and usually, they can come back in two to three days. But clearly not this time. All of our family lives on the West Bank so it looks like their property may still be in tact and wasn’t damaged too badly by the flooding. Not sure what the hurricane damage was like but they can’t go back home. There’s nothing to go back to yet. It’s looking like 6 months to a year before they can go back home.

Our family includes:
In Dallas, Tx
Katrina = (Katina’s sister…yup her name is Katrina)
Joe and Gary = Katrina’s 7 year old and 4 year old
Debra = Katina’s aunt
Charlene = Katina’s aunt
Tiphane, Ricky, Tynia (& Leroy) = Charlene’s kids, Leroy is Tynia’s husband

In Brandon, Miss.
Rochelle = Katina’s Mom
Grandma Ellen and her husband
Darlene & Alaiya = Katina’s aunt and cousin

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Alaiya and Gary Frederick the Third!

Our family in Brandon is in good shape. Our family in Texas could use some help. They’re essentially having to start over. The kids were supposed to start school already and so we have to take care of that. Katina and I actually pay for Gary to go to school. He goes to Arden Cahill Academy, one of the best schools in New Orleans. So, getting the kids to a good school is a priority for us. Also, everyone is pretty much out of a job, FEMA isn’t much assistance, and we have four kids to take care of.

What the money will be used for:
– essentials until we get these guys settled into a job
– food, gas money, clothes
– household items, they have to start from scratch with household goods
– stuff for the kids
– medicine

We’ve sent some money over but not a lot yet. They still have to establish bank accounts in Dallas.

They’ve got apartments, three via HUD, so rent will be covered for a year. We’re working on getting FEMA relief help (which is just ridiculous), insurance stuff, and other paperwork.

I’ll write more as we go. But thank you already for all your support. It’s very much appreciated.



4 Comments »

  1. Our best wishes to you guys.
    When things are less crazy, lets meet up.

    – Mark

    Comment by Mark & Gil — September 12, 2005 @ 5:54 am

  2. Katina & Rafael, we thank you for the update. We are holding your family in our prayers as well as all of the people of the Gulf coast states.Please e-mail us your postal address.
    The Davidsons

    Comment by Linda & Harvey Davidson — September 12, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do to help!

    we love you guys!

    Comment by Liz and Sam — September 12, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

  4. We are interested in helping out, and glad to know that Katina’s family is safe (one of the “positive” stories we’ve heard). They continue to be in our thoughts.
    We will call you this weekend to talk about details.
    Love,
    Dette, Evan and Inez

    Comment by Dette, Evan and Inez — September 14, 2005 @ 7:18 am

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