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|B &B fanfiction writer and artist Lynette Combs |
is in dire
and contribute if you can,
at a special GOFUNDME page set up Nina Combs
ARE POSTED HERE
Young Vincent by Lynette Combs
from 'Queens Knight II -
of the Lark'
S.K Dapoz - 1991
AND a beautiful poem by Lynette,
which expresses the love we all have for our series.
Posted with her permission
|September 1, 2017 - Update from Nina|
apologize for the lack of updates these past weeks. Much has happened:
Sadly, after my return from the Iceland assignment, my department at
“Men’s Fitness” magazine was unexpectedly laid off (including me!), as
the entire print edition was discontinued. Hope you’ll understand that
this has demanded my attention.
repairs to my sister Lynette’s house are proceeding, little by little.
The GFI & outlet work was finished this week by John Sharkey,
expert electrician; and we sincerely thank him for his hard work in
restoring safety in this area.
will probably be our final update. Thanks to your generous donations,
during August we reached our stated GoFundMe goal. ALL of that money
has been devoted to ongoing repairs. Lynette is unwilling to raise the
goal a second time; so end-stage repairs are continuing, more slowly,
as she can afford them. If you would still like to donate, out of the
goodness of your hearts, we will be very grateful. But we won’t be
hammering you with any more pleas for funds. You’ve all been generous
beyond belief — far beyond what Lynette felt she deserved.
Allen and his crew have performed MIRACLES in making this veteran’s
home safe and livable again — and your donations made ALL of that
possible, since she never qualified for any of the grants or government
programs she applied for. We are so close to finishing. Needed repairs
include: finish installing gutter downspouts; paint or tile kitchen
wall behind stove; 2.5 feet of flooring needed inside back door;
restore trim around inner doors (we kept all the pieces!); fix bedroom
closet wall (damaged during exterior wall repairs); put awning back up
over front door; weatherize (paint) the 2 exterior doors; restore
grates under house to exclude Rocky Raccoon; anchor new spigot under
back porch to prevent leaks.
THANK YOU all so much for your ongoing generosity. Lynette has told me
that you’ve restored her faith in people. And I think that the picture
showing her house before & after the reconstruction, is a perfect
illustration of this. So, as she’s said: Believe that miracles can
happen — because they do.
|July 26, 2017 - Update from Nina|
sorry for the lack of Updates these past few weeks. As you know,
Lynette’s contractor in Virginia, Dutch Allen, spent about 10 days in
Florida visiting a sick relative; but then my magazine sent me on an
expedition to ICELAND with Nat Geo/Lindblad for nearly two weeks! But
I’m back now — and I was thrilled to see all the progress that’s been
made on the house while I was gone!
the plastering is done — and Dutch installed the sink in the bathroom!
(Lynette was VERY excited to no longer have to brush her teeth over the
dishes in the kitchen sink! See photo below.) A cute little porch was
built, allowing safe exit from the back door. Also, the shutters went
up out front—Lynette says it looks like the house has its “eye makeup”
on again. (See before & after pic.) Soon, the (repainted) awning
will go back up over the front door as well.
exciting was that Joe Vlk started installing gutters and downspouts,
which are now nearly finished—Joe’s really an artist at cutting and
custom-fitting all this. (See picture!)
you can see, this month we reached the STATED GoFundMe goal thanks to
your generous donations. We’re hoping against hope that this’ll be
enough for the end-stage repairs, which Dutch is working hard to
finish. The work that still needs to be done (aka the “punch list”)
Finish gutters & downspouts so no more leaks around roof-edges can occur
Kitchen wall behind stove, needs painted or tiled
2.5 feet of flooring needed inside back door (see picture)
Restore trim around inner doors
New back wall outlet needs GFI for safety
Fix hole in bedroom closet wall (damaged during exterior wall repairs)
Front top step needed for safety
Put awning back over front door
Weatherize the 2 exterior doors
Restore grates under house to exclude Rocky Raccoon & his merry band
Anchor new spigot under back porch to prevent leaks
We are SO CLOSE to finishing the whole project!
thank you all so much for your ongoing generosity. As Lynette says,
“Never lose faith. Miracles do happen.” And I think that these
pictures, showing the house before & after, are a perfect
illustration of this.
Thursday June 15, 2017 (from Nina, Lynette's sister)
The GOOD NEWS is, repairs at my sister Lynette’s home are close to finished.
The BAD NEWS
is, a major donation of materials & labor from a “veterans help”
organization (affil. with Home Depot) is falling through, after months
of suspense. Lynette applied in January, jumping through many
bureaucratic hoops: submit letter, application,
military history, detailed descriptions of damage, pictures... We were
“in the pipe” & they were very encouraging. They knew work was
going on, but we hadn’t heard from them since March. They finally
called back last week, reviving hope that they could & would HELP.
They requested photos of current progress, which Lynette instantly
hoped this charitable organization would donate thousands of dollars’
worth of supplies (lumber, gutters, drywall, etc.), and labor as well.
rep called this morning, to say that Lynette is probably disqualified,
because of their restrictions on HOW we’ve gotten SO MUCH work done
since Christmas. Lynette is crushed. Was she supposed to wait for their
decision, living without heat & hot water, while her walls rotted
out and the bathroom fell into the crawlspace? ... But they have
“certain restrictions” on the way work had to be done — restrictions
they NEVER mentioned, while they knew repairs were going on.
we’re having to readjust the GoFundMe goal, to cover the donation &
help they apparently won’t be offering after all. Our original goal was
$30,000, which we’d happily reduced when Dutch the Builder found help
for roofing & siding. We’re reluctantly returning to that figure.
Lynette’s struggled against this for days and is VERY discouraged — but
it’s necessary, to allow us to finish. We hope you understand. If we
finish below that figure (as we hope to), then it’s DONE.
now there’s almost nothing left, to make the end-stage repairs. Dutch
Allen paid the crew last week out of his own pocket! But this week the
guys had to temporarily sidestep into jobs at other locations. And who
can blame them? They’ve often worked here for next to nothing, and they
have rent & bills to pay as well. But repairs have now ground to a
halt, and we need your help.
seen that MIRACLES have already been accomplished, in fixing this
damaged home. This close to the end, this work still needs to be
Drywall & finish kitchen & back bedroom inside walls
Finish bathroom plumbing to install sink (already purchased!)
Finish the siding & ceiling on side porch
Put front awning & shutters back up (repaint old ones we saved!)
Need gutters & downspouts
Flooring inside sliding glass door, and —
Small deck outside it (door can’t even be used; need a safe exit!)
Some trim & caulking
Replace crawlspace grates
you to all who have donated, to help make my sister’s home livable
again. We hope you’ll continue to have faith, and donate even a few
dollars if you can. And PLEASE keep Liking & Sharing our Updates