House Fire Saga Update #12 - July 21, 2019

Update May 2020 - I'm currently going back through my Facebook posts and deciding what I want to leave up for public consumption and what I want to leave private (mostly photos of family that I don't want to leave accessible forever). I thought posting the text of those posts, along with some of the photos I'm okay with leaving public, here on the blog and backdating the posts to the days they went up would be a good alternative.

If you've landed here in the midst of a difficult season (that is difficult for no fault of your own), I hope this helps. Leave a comment or send me a message (catpollockwrites @ gmail .com - remove the spaces) if you want someone to talk to, or even just someone to listen.


Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 9:12PM

House fire saga update #12:

Last Sunday, New Life Baptist Church was given an initial pounding (pantry restock) list. The picture doesn't really do justice to their generosity in providing most of what was on the list. It was overwhelming to walk into the sanctuary and see so much stacked on the baptistry. I'm in tears thinking about it.

Not everything on the list was covered, though. Contact Sarah Lineberger to find out what is left.

My parents got keys to the new house on Friday and have started cleaning and getting it ready to move in. And, let me tell you, from the moment I set foot into it for the first time, I felt so much peace about it. It may not be my parents' forever home, but it truly is the right home for them for the moment.

With most of the items on the pounding list having been covered, we came up with another list of household items that my parents will need as well as updated the list of items Amanda is in need of right now. If you can help with any of the items below, let me know in the comments. We'll be sharing furniture needs later in the week, so keep an eye out for that list.

Household items my parents are currently looking for:
- kitchen towels
- dish clothes
- hotpads
- silverware
- plates/bowls/glasses for everyday use
- child-friendly plates/bowls/cups
- Kleenex
- mop bucket (1)
- trash cans (2 tall for kitchen, 2 small for bathrooms)
- trash bags (tall kitchen size)
- plungers (2)
- laundry hampers (4)
- shower curtain (1)
- shower curtain liners (2)
- floor cleaning liquids

Items my sister is looking for:
- office attire (specifically slacks/skirts) women's size 20-24
- boys size 7 school uniform tops (navy blue/white/yellow/red) and bottoms (navy blue or khaki)
- kids' clothing hangers

Also, I'm still collecting recipes for the Pollock Fire Recovery Cookbook. If you have a favorite, post it here or send me a message with it.

Lastly (for now), while my parents have found a place, Amanda and her husband have yet to find a more permanent place for their family. Please be praying for the right housing situation for them.

I've been forgetting to post contacts lately, but here it goes in case you need the reminder:
- Bonnie Carroll at Laveen Baptist Church
- Sarah Lineberger at New Life Baptist Church
- Michelle Krick at River of Life Church
- Christina Lobosco at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (east Mesa)
- Patty Brooks Suttill at Arcadia Gospel Fellowship