April 28, 2004
Bob Smith figures someone up there must be looking out for him, because when the big maple tree in his Issaquah backyard came crashing down in Tuesday's wind storm, slicing his bedroom and bathroom, it didn't touch him.
"I was in the room. The only place where nothing came down", says the 51-year-old Smith.
That 50-year-old Maple finally fell. But he never thought it would fall on top of his house. Once 100 feet tall, it's now waiting to become firewood.
"The sheet rock came off the ceiling and the insulation came off the ceiling and the 2-by-4's are in the bedroom," says Smith.
The man in a wheelchair, who's had multiple sclerosis more than half his life, knows he's lucky. You may not see it that way when you look at his bathroom and bedroom and the mess. But no one was seriously hurt. And for that, Bob's grateful.
"It's better to be lucky than good," says Smith.
Bob's home is his world. And when his world was shattered Tuesday--literally-- we knew we had to do something. So we're asking you to help with donations. His hospital bed was in his bedroom, He had a small crane in the bathroom that he used to maneuver himself around.
Even though his house is insured, every little bit will help him get his house back the way it was. Accessible!
This former McDonald's manager has chronic progressive M.S.. And if that's not bad enough, Bob is diabetic and takes insulin. So his condition is expected to get worse before it gets better.
His home, on the other hand, can't get much worse. But with the help of viewers and our readers, we can get his house back to health. I'm sure of it.
How To Help
If you're interested in making a donation, you can call the People Helper at (206) 441-HELP
Or better yet, checks can be made out to:
P.O. Box 19087
Seattle, WA 98109
On the bottom of the check, be sure to include to whom you would like the funds to go. In this case, it's Bob Smith.
Your donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt by
mail with our thanks. Any extra funds will go to the general People Helper
fund to help others in need.
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