If you’ve spent any amount of time here at The Greenest Dollar then you know I’m close friends with Renaissance Ronin, a fellow blogger and shipping container home builder. Ronin’s heart is about as big as they come, and he’s currently helping build a shipping container home for a wife of a soldier killed in Iraq. And this woman, Cathy, really needs our help.
Here’s the situation…
Cathy’s husband, a Marine, was recently killed in Iraq. And like they always do, the government compensated Cathy with a small check, a letter of condolence, and then kicked her off the base.
Cathy, a full-time mom of three kids, didn’t have a job or a place to live. So, she had to move in with her in-laws, who aren’t that crazy about her.
I can’t even imagine how hard this must be on her. Not only is she has she lost her husband, but her children have lost her father. And, she’s living with people who don’t want her there, and are slowly making her life much harder than it should be.
Well, Ronin (an ex-military man himself) heard of Cathy’s situation and went into full scale “Help” mode. He’s already secured her five acres of land, and gave her several of his own shipping containers to use in her build. He’s contacted companies who are donating all the appliances she’ll need (refrigerator, washer/dryer, etc.), and several people have volunteered their time to help with the build.
What We Need To Do…
Ronin has already drawn up plans for Cathy’s home, which you can see above. It’s not a huge house by any means…all told it’s about 1400 square feet.
The problem is that Cathy really needs money to help get her build started. Ronin and Cathy still need things like electrical wiring, plumbing, drywall, flooring…and they simply don’t have the money to get that stuff right now. Until Ronin can raise a bit of cash, the build can’t get started.
So, I’m asking all of you to please pitch in to help get Cathy’s house built!
Even if all you can send is $5 or $10, it’s going to add up. Families like Cathy’s slip through the cracks all the time, and right now we’re all in a position to really help her in her time of need.
To donate, head over to Ronin’s site. You’ll see a Paypal “Make A Donation” button on the right hand side of his site. In the memo box, put that it’s for “Cathy’s Casa”, or some other note to let him know it’s for Cathy’s project.
You can also read Ronin’s post about Cathy’s situation here. Ronin’s articles are pretty long, and he starts talking about Cathy’s situation about halfway down, a few paragraphs under the tree house picture.
Can You Donate Materials?
If you’re in the position to donate materials like flooring, electrical wiring, plumbing, etc., please contact Ronin through his site. They desperately need help and materials right now, and anything would be appreciated!
I believe that this kind of giving, when it’s person to person, is the most gratifying of all. You’re truly helping lift someone out of the darkness when it’s so personal like this. Thank you so much for whatever you can give.