Helping out a friend in need…

Jun 14, 2010 41 Comments by Disclosure

If you’ve been watching the news at all, you’ve probably seen the crazy flooding in Oklahoma City & Edmond, OK… Well, a very dear friend of mine lives there… and if she knew I was doing this, she’d probably kick me… but… She lost everything in this storm.

You may know her as Consumer Queen.. I also know her as Melissa Garcia… a fellow Walmart Mom … and a truly hard-working, selfless, giving mom, wife and daughter. She has a pretty nifty blog, and uses her coupon and money saving powers to stock up on some awesome products that she donates to people in need. Well this time, she’s the one in need. She is a working mom, her husband works from home due to his disability. She recently sold her home in order to buy a new home with more room so she could take in her mom who has been very ill… They moved in about two months ago, and were finally settling in…

Well, today, while she was at work, her children called her screaming and crying. Water had come in and flooded her house….. Her boss took her home in her vehicle since it would get through the flooded streets. Melissa came home to Firefighters rescuing her pets and family.

I just got off the phone with her, and her family is safe at another family member’s house, but she’s lost everything in her home. Over 2 feet of water came in (red mud and all) and covered all of her new furniture, and electronics. Her appliances are yet to be determined. They are waiting for the water to recede so they can go back and pick through what’s left. They didn’t have flood insurance… They don’t live on a flood plain. Their only hope now, for relief is if they get government aid from disaster relief.

If you can, please help. She gives so much and asks for so little… Please use the chipin widget in my sidebar to donate directly to her…

Thanks so much!

If you blog about this, feel free to link to this post. Please retweet this.

  • Update (6:30pm): I spoke with Melissa earlier, and it is pretty bad. Everything under 3 feet was under water.. and it’s not just water, it’s red muddy water. Her entire house is going to have to be gutted, floors replaced, sheetrock replaced, everything. The beds are going to need to be replaced as well as just about all of the furniture and clothing. Her kids lost their Wii and XBox360, hubby lost his new lawnmower and weed eater. Their electronics are gone, including their family room TV, and BluRay Player. The donations you’ve made today (and any further donations) are going directly to her, and you don’t even know how much they are going to help. Thank you so much for your continued generosity!
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Monica Brady, is the Owner, Author and Chief Mom Blogger of Mommy Brain Reports and her personal blog, MonicaBrady.net. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 15 years, and is a work at home mother to her beautiful identical twin girls, Alexandra and Victoria. In 2009, they moved cross country from California to coastal North Carolina, and love their new home. When she's not spending time with her girls, she's either working on her blog writing up reviews on some really cool products, working on giveaway posts, participating in events with her sponsors, or doing her work as a Social Media Consultant. Monica has had the opportunities to participate in some amazing campaigns with some amazing brands, and loves the relationships she's developed with each one of them.

41 Responses to “Helping out a friend in need…”

  1. Barb says:

    Monica, thanks for letting us know. If you talk with her again please tell her that her, Daniel, the kids and all that we are sending good thoughts and prayers her way.

  2. Debba / Girlfriendology says:

    Monica – thanks so much for sharing this update. I saw Melissa’s original tweet and was worried about her. So sorry to hear it is so bad! I feel for her and her family. Wow.

  3. Sprite says:

    I totally understand how devastating all of this has to be. Thank God her family & pets are safe, that’s the most important. You’re awesome for letting all of us know & have the opportunity to help her. *love to both of you* ~ Sprite
    .-= Sprite´s last blog ..Berry Fondue – FTW! =-.

  4. Robyn's Online World says:

    How awful! I just contributed a little, sorry it couldn’t be more right now. I also sent out a tweet linking them here to read the story. I’m glad her family and pets are all safe. How heartbreaking for all of them to go thru this after just having gotten settled! Thanks for telling us about what happened and setting up the Chip In to help Melissa and her family.
    .-= Robyn’s Online World´s last blog ..Monday Mingle Vlog – June 14 Edition =-.

  5. shannon "couponprincess" says:

    Oh wow.. I am so sad for her right now. Thanks Monica for setting up a fund. I am here local and will do whatever I can to help out.

  6. julia says:

    hoping for a wonderful turnout!! can’t imagine her loss. lots of prayers.
    .-= julia´s last blog ..Summer Bucket List =-.

  7. Susieqtpies says:

    That is awful! We went through all that with Hurricane Katrina. Not fun. We will do what we can to help. Sending along prayers.
    @Susieqtpies
    .-= Susieqtpies´s last blog ..Fix It and Forget It Cookbook Giveaway =-.

  8. Bay says:

    Just clicked through from your post on CB, what a shame! Thanks for spreading the word, I hope if we all chip in a little it will make a big difference for her!
    .-= Bay´s last blog ..Giveaway! Whiplash Scooter by Street Surfing =-.

  9. Wendy says:

    I can’t afford to donate right now, but I did retweet and Stumble this post, so hopefully at least more people will see it.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Graduated to his Crib! =-.

  10. Amanda@HighImpactMom says:

    Wow Monica! I had no idea until I saw Amy’s tweet & your post! Thank you for sharing the news and starting the chip-in. I’ll tweet it and blog it. Prayers for Melissa & her family!
    -Amanda

  11. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    Thank you for doing this Monica! I can’t even imagine what they are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
    .-= Jen @ One Moms World´s last blog ..Real Opinions of Aquafina FlavorSplash Water =-.

  12. Amy says:

    I just donated. Hope to hear soon on what else Melissa needs. I’m right here in the same town and will try to help take care of her.

  13. Katja of Skimbaco says:

    Sad news :( Keeping Melissa’s family in our prayers.
    .-= Katja of Skimbaco´s last blog ..City Bakery in NYC =-.

  14. Sweeties Sweeps says:

    I will donate and see if I can get the word out.
    .-= Sweeties Sweeps´s last blog ..Cutie Pie Instant Win Sweepstakes Ends 9/30/10 Unlimited 21+ =-.

  15. Myrta says:

    Thank you so much for setting this up – you are a true friend! I just contributed and have retweeted and forwarded on to friends and family.

  16. Erica Mueller says:

    Chris Brogan just tweeted this out. So exciting to see the money coming in so quickly! When I donated earlier today there was only $10 in the widget. Melissa, you have a lot of friends who love and care about you!
    .-= Erica Mueller´s last blog ..BethanyErin.com – Author of “Wind and the Blows” Children’s Book =-.

  17. Jean says:

    I just donated, wish it could be more, so sorry this has happened to you!

    @geekbabe

  18. Sweeties Sweeps says:

    Okay, I donated, wrote about it sweetiessweeps.com/2010/06/a-real-oklahoma-tragedy-fellow-blogger-loses-everything.html and put it out on Twitter several times. Oh, and I emailed a group of bloggers I work with.

  19. Leah @Bookieboo says:

    I gave what I could. This must be awful! XXOO
    .-= Leah @Bookieboo´s last blog ..Will Run for BBQ =-.

  20. Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay says:

    I feel so bad for her. I’ve tweeted it out in hopes that my followers can donate something.
    .-= Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay´s last blog ..Kerasal Giveaway Winner =-.

  21. Sky says:

    My heart is breaking for them! We had flooding this weekend and lost our basement. 12 years of blood, sweat and tears….gone. I’m going to see what I can donate!!
    .-= Sky´s last blog ..Here Today – Gone Tomorrow =-.

  22. Kathy says:

    I can’t afford to donate cash right now, but my heart goes out to her whole family. I am local to her (in OKC) and had a horrible house fire in February. Thanks to a lot of very generous friends, I have a few boxes worth of extra things (primarily kitchen gadgets–small food processor, crockpot, ten million forks and knives and spoons) I would be happy to get to her if she needs anything. Wish I could do more but I’ll spread the word.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Do you have to let it linger? =-.

  23. Tricia says:

    How very sad. I have been in her situation and lost everything you own. You become very humbled/ and realize possessions are nothing when it comes to the safety of your family. I pray for her and her family that they find shelter and safety and the govt does right by them.

    My husband just returned to work after being laid off and were playing catch up. My heart and Prayers go out to her. Contacting the Red Cross can also be a huge help. They gave us a $300 gc to Kmart when it happen to us. Although it’s not much you can get necessity’s
    .-= Tricia´s last blog ..Taste What’s New and Tasty at Kraft Giveaway =-.

  24. Shanda says:

    I have added the donation widget to my blog and will do everything I can to help. Shanda

  25. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) says:

    So devastating. I will try to spread the word!
    .-= Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)´s last blog ..How Does Your Family Power Up Summer Fun? (With Giveaway) =-.

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  27. Karen Perea says:

    I wish I could contribute financially but unfortunately I am sitting here with water running in my roof from the holes leftover from the hail storm and windows out of 2 of my 3 cars. I am putting word out about beds and furniture since I have friends that own motels and it may help until they can get what they really want. I know it is not much but II will tweet the stuffing out of this and post it on facebook.

  28. Anita says:

    Monica,
    What a sweet friend you are to do this for Melissa and her family! (I’ve lived in Oklahoma before, so I know how AWFUL that red dirt/clay is.) Praying for Melissa and the undoubtedly countless others who are suffering due to these floods. I’m sorry I can’t do more, but I will try to spread the word.
    Thank you for your kindness.

  29. Jeanne says:

    Thank you for letting us know. While I cannot afford to chip in, I put up a post linking to your blog and am off to retweet to try to help get the word out.
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Helping A Fellow Blogger In Need =-.

  30. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says:

    Praying for her family…
    .-= Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog ..Weekend Pretties… =-.

  31. Classy Mommy says:

    Please tell Melissa we are thinking of her and Daniel – going to chip in now. Thanks so much for organizing Monica. You are a great friend. xo colleen
    .-= Classy Mommy´s last blog ..My Little True Blood Fan =-.

  32. Toni says:

    I am going to post about this today, my heart just goes out to them.
    .-= Toni´s last blog ..Making It Work With Tim Gunn @ Fabric Care University Day 1 =-.

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  34. Vera Sweeney says:

    Oh Monica!

    I donated and posted on my site – I hope my readers will find it in their hearts to give what they can
    .-= Vera Sweeney´s last blog ..Helping A Blogger In Need: Can You Contribute To Consumer Queen’s Flood Fund? =-.

  35. DiPaola Momma says:

    I can’t imagine! I’ve personally benefited from her tips and laughed at her wry sense of humor. I’ve donated, tweeted and shared on Facebook.

  36. Andrea Fellman says:

    My thoughts are with you! I will be donating tonight!
    .-= Andrea Fellman´s last blog ..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA =-.

  37. Melissa Multitasking Mama says:

    I will be tweeting and blogging this. Melissa is a sweetheart! Thanks for telling us about this so we can rally around her in this time of need!
    .-= Melissa Multitasking Mama´s last blog ..Trust and Obey =-.

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  39. Ann says:

    Wow I just found out about her situation. I have posted this story to my blog along with the donation widget. I am sure my readers will do all they can to help. Her family as well as her neighbors will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. Julie @ Frugal Shopping With Julie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Melissa’s loss. I really cannot imagine the enormity of it. Her family is in my thoughts..
    .-= Julie @ Frugal Shopping With Julie´s last blog ..Hot Deal On Neutrogena @ Walgreens =-.

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