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Old 11-11-2018, 03:06 PM
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How to help Jimmy?

Also posted on Jimmy's 'I'm safe from the fire' thread

OK FTEers, we know our Brother Jimmy as the kindest, most encouraging, and humblest of those in our corner of the internet. Let's see if there is a way for the collective FTE community to help he and his family in some tangible way. I'm hoping that we have members that can guide us with knowledge-based comments about actions that we can take to help.

My thoughts:
Knowing that they are in a Red Cross shelter, and may be for a while, can the US Post Office deliver to those locations?
Would gift cards to places like Walmart, Kohl's, gas stations, or grocery stores the most helpful?
Would we need more that a name and RC shelter address to get this going?

I'm hardly the expert on any of this but simply want to help Jimmy.

Comments and smarter people's input welcomed.
 
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I have a willingness to help but no knowledge or experience on how to do so. I have heard of Go-fund-Me accounts. Is this a possibility?

Jim
 
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I have a willingness to help but no knowledge or experience on how to do so. I have heard of Go-fund-Me accounts. Is this a possibility?

Jim
From my personal experience, a lot more to those than it's worth. They skim a % too. Maybe if Jimmy has PayPal, direct contributions? I'm in.
 
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I'm in as well - for whatever method is convenient to him and practical.
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I'm in too. There's a number to contribute to the Red Cross, but I'm thinking that some way for
help to be more specific, personal, would be most helpful. The Pay Pal idea sounds good, and/or
maybe a larger organization could be moved to also provide matching funds. Although, the way it
looks in general, the whole country might be tapped out trying to restore the damage there, there's
so amazingly much of it.
 
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So, the voice of ignorance here. With the PayPal or gofundme, Jimmy would need a debit card account or access to a branch of his bank to gain access to the funds, right? Not showstoppers, just a process step I suppose.
 
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This is just a question or thought. If we knew what bank Jimmy used and it was a national bank, like Wells Fargo or Capital One - you get the idea -we could go to a local branch and see if it was possible to make a deposit into his account without knowing his actual account number. Wells Fargo has had an advertisement on TV of late showing how they honored people’s accounts after the earthquake just on their word. Maybe they would set something up for us in Jimmy’s name. Of course we would need more tha just Jimmy “Underthebridge” but it might work. Does anyone have a Wells Fargo near them? I am going to try to contact their headquarters tomorrow and will let you all know what I find out.
 
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Good thought, Dave. Until we have a solution, everything is on the table.

Separately, I've send a PM to Jimmy about the PayPal approach.
 
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If Jimmy has a Facebook or Messenger account, money can be sent directly, but I'm not quite sure how that works for him to collect it. PayPal also works for me. I'm in.
 
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I'm in! I'll be patiently waiting to see what you guys come up with. You guys are amazing!

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Does anyone have Jim's email address? Does he have a PayPal account? If yes to both then we can send money to his PayPal at no charge if we click "Send to family and friends."
 
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Just thinking..... FTE should have his email..... Could a moderator get it for us.
 
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This attached article in the NY Times describes worthy charitable organizations that are providing support to the fires’ victims and to the volunteers who are on the ground assisting them. Several are locally based. Stu

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/u...gtype=Homepage
 
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It looks to me like we could e-mail Jimmy right from his public profile page. I've never contacted any FTE members in this way, but it appears to be an option. If he's in a shelter without wifi, he won't receive our message right away, however.

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I'd definitely be in. I believe Paypal would be the best way to do it to avoid any wire transfer fees, digging for personal bank information (which you need for a wire), and avoiding the skimming of GoFundMe. As long as he has his mobile device, he can access PayPal and transfer the funds directly to his bank account (provided he's already got a PayPal account). It takes about 3 days for funds to hit his bank account.

I'd rather do this directly to him vs. go through one of the charities that were setup, this way we know it goes directly to one of our own in need. I'm not averse to helping others in need (and will do so), but if we are looking to help Jimmy directly, this is probably the best way.
 

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