Ron was in the Marines and is a Vietnam Veteran. When I was standing there talking to his neighbors, they told me he has had a really hard time with this, and has alot of pride and is embarrassed about receiving the help. I did talk to him and his wife Ethel, personally this evening. He explained that he is always the one helping others and this is really hard for him. I told him that he gave his service in the military and that he should let others serve him now. After talking to many of the ladies that were there to find out their needs, he is opening up and a little more accepting of what others are doing for him.
They received a donation of a tent today, so they will have covered shelter tonight. Another person is selling some kind of trailer they can put that on the lot and live their for now, for $600. Donations of $400 were raised so far, so hopefully they will have better living quarters soon.
Their address is 2159 W. Bonnie Lane, San Tan Valley, AZ 85142 if you'd like to personally deliver items yourself or you may drop off small items to Scrubs 'n More Boutique - 85 W. Combs Suite 102 San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 in the Fry's Marketplace shopping center at Gantzel and Combs.
According to their neighbors items that are most priority for now are:
- BOTTLED WATER-as much water as possible for personal hygiene needs as well
- Paper plates
- Pop-top canned food
- Women's XL shirts
- Women's size 16 pants
- Men's medium shirts
- Men's 36x29 pants
- Women's size 10 shoes
- Men's size 9 1.2 shoes
- Socks for both
- 2 Battery operated flashlights
- Personal hygiene items
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Propane barbeque and some propane tanks
Again, the Pervis' are not asking for these things, this is what their 2 neighbors have found are their immediate needs based on what they've seen and talked to them about.
FUTURE needs for clean up (after the smoke is totally gone)...When I was there, Ethel had to get a bucket of water to throw on more smoke that continues to come of the rubble.
- Cleaning supplies