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I am passing this along....for anyone in the central PA area who wants to catch a movie and help someone out in dire straits at the same time
I am sending this out to all my local friends in hopes that you read the article in the Lititz Record about the incredible rescue of Alicia Eastabrook and felt the same empathy that I did.
I was losing sleep over this story and now that I have spoken to her on the phone and heard more of her story, I am obsessed with doing what I can to help her. If you are not familiar, Alicia is a 28 year old single mom that was rescued from the roof of her car with her 18 month old daughter just moments before her car washed away in the strong currant that killed another woman in her car nearby. In addition to the story about Alicia a friend of hers wrote a story to the Lititz Record called "The Rest of The Story". Apparently Alicia and her daughter were essentially homeless and living in her car that washed away. It contained almost all of her and her baby's belongings. I called the newspaper and got her number and her friend's number and called them both to find out what I can do to help. She and her baby, Tiffany are living in a Red Cross Shelter in Lebanon right now. She has shared custody of her three other young children. I have never spoken to someone with so little support in such a dire situation.
She recently moved here from Oklahoma, so she doesn't know a lot of people and the few family members in Oklahoma are unable to help her. Considering all she has been through, she has a truly remarkable, upbeat attitude. She told me she is just grateful that she and her baby are alive and safe and together and that they are taking it one day at a time and she had faith that things will eventually work our for her. She considers herself "blessed " and "lucky". She is determined to find a job and a place to live and childcare for her daughter. She also needs a car, clothes, basically everything. Her car was completely paid off, but she can't get any insurance money for it because of the way it was lost. She had just started selling Mary Kay and all her Mary Kay stuff including her lap top washed away in her car.
Penn and I decided to have a fund raiser for her at the theater because we thought we could raise more money that way and help her get back on her feet.
The editor of the Lititz Record told me that he had a few other calls from people wanting to help her and Alicia told me that someone gave her a cell phone with prepaid minutes and someone else from Lititz is going to take her shopping tomorrow and buy her a carseat so that she can take her baby with her when she can get rides places.
Her most immediate needs are being met, but she still needs a great deal of help. When I told Alicia what I wanted to do she cried and was very grateful, then she suggested the movie Courageous because she wanted to also honor the fire company and rescue workers that saved her.
Penn Cinema will show the movie Courageous on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 for $10 per person and 100% of the money we make will go to Alicia and Tiffany. Courageous will be released on Sept. 30 and it is from the same people that made Fireproof. It is a christian movie about rescue workers and law enforcement officers on the job and also dealing with family issues. It is rated PG-13. We are also inviting the Brickerville Fire Department. Alicia said it would mean a lot to her to honor them in some way. I am not sure of the best way to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Kayla and Marley want to also have a bake sale for her. I'm not sure if that's necessary. I think we can just ask for donations. What are your thoughts?
I think the best way to get a lot of people to come to the event and support the cause is through word of mouth, so I am starting it here. Please pass the word along. I really hope to get a good turn out and make a lot of money for Alicia. She is such a sweet girl with a positive outlook. My heart breaks for her little baby sleeping in a shelter. I really hope our community can come together and help give her a fresh start.
I hope you can all make it on the 11th. If you have any other suggestions or ideas to make this a success, please let me know!
Thanks and please spread the word.
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