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Autism mum needs help of autism community - please help

Posted Jun 16 2009 5:59pm

I tweeted a few days ago about the awful thing that has happened to my friend Melissa, an American single mum with two sons of whom one is autistic. BUt nothing can say it as powerfully as her own words.

Is where I am.
To say I’m overwhelmed is an absolute understatement.

My house burned down today.

Yes, I’m serious.
We’re fine- everyone made it out safe.
But our cat did not make it.

I don’t really even know what to write at the moment, other than my heart is breaking.
You think you’re prepared for such things, “if ever there’s a fire, I’m grabbing this, this, and this,”
Not so.
We have our pajamas.
I grabbed kids and ran like hell.

On top of that, Companion’s car was engulfed in flames.
My car literally exploded.
Homeless and carless all in one night.

We are currently at my parent’s.
I will update when possible.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

I’ve set up a chipin widget (see right. IE6 users scroll down, sorry). This is linked directly to Melissa’s PayPal acct. Please contribute as much as you can. You do not need a paypal account to help.

Melissa’s lads also wear clothes in the following sizes: 10/12 and 4T. I don;t know how to start getting things directly to her yet but please put anything you have to one side and I’ll return to this subject hen I know more.

Please help. I’d really like to have Melissa get a sizeable amount of money from the autism community. This goes beyond any neurodiversity/vaccine/genetic research issue. Please help and please pass this on. Retweet if you’re a Twitter user and blog about it yourself if you’re a blogger.

Thanks you in advance.

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