Post # 1
She’s asked for us (friends) not to send her anything (she lives in a different state than I do), but I feel like I need to do something. I feel so awful for her, it makes my stomach hurt. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Just she and her boyfriend literally have nothing left. Do you have any suggestions? I’m so sad for her.
Post # 3
@rosegoldie: That is so horrible. I can’t even imagine being in that situation. Your poor friend! Maybe send her a gift card to Target or Wal-Mart so she can get some basic essentials?
Post # 5
@rosegoldie: How awful – I think an Ikea Gift Card is a great idea.
Did they have renter’s insurance???
Post # 6
@rosegoldie: …where’s her insurance???
Post # 7
I had a house fire when I was 21. Did she have renters insurance? If it was a result of an apartment, the complex may offer some sort of renumeration if it was something faulty on their behalf (an electrical fire for example). If it was someone elses fault, a neighbor left a lit candle, she has cause for litigation against that neighbor to pay for her expenses. Not that it gets your stuff back of course but it helps.
Meanwhile the Red Cross is there, but a lot of people don’t want to ask for help. When I had my fire they paid for my hotel to stay in while the house was being fixed, gave me necessary items, glasses, prescriptions, etc – and helped link me up with some clothing etc.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I think a gift card is a nice thing to send.
A friend of mine went through an APT fire and it was a mess. She lived in a hotel for two months, then a temporary apartment (same management as her other apt) for almost a year before she was then allowed to move back into her apartment once repairs were complete which was basically rebuilding the place. I think immediatley following the fire getting the basic essentials was a priority. Clothes, shoes, etc. ETA: She did have renter’s insurance and the fire was determined to be a result of her neighbors not putting out a cigarette completly on their balcony. But getting the insurance benefits and finding the cause all took time. So regardless if she is covered or not something to cover immediate needed essentials is helpful.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
A horrible reminder for all apartment bees to get renter’s insurance! It doesn’t matter how careful you are if you have neighbors who like to leave candles burning when they leave or whatever. Seriously it’s like $10 a month, get ittttt!!
Post # 10
Ugh, that’s awful! I agree with PPs – a gift certificate to a store like Target, where she can get ANYTHING is probably a good choice.
I hope she had insurance!
Post # 11
@aggie2010: agreed! Too many people say they can’t afford renter’s insurance, but they don’t realize just how expensive it is to replace everything you own all at the same time.
Post # 12
Hopefully they have renters insurance! When I was apartment-living, the complex required us to have it.
Post # 13
@Nona99: @FleeSircus: This is the shitty thing ladies….she didn’t have renter’s insurance. I am sure we all have the same look on our faces – one of disbelief, shock and WTF. Fortunately her parents live close by so she’s moving in with them. Her mother works for a lawyer and is starting to look into what triggered the fire (faulty water heater) to see if that helps their case in any way.
@whoa_its_ash: @MrsNewDay: Gift cards are a great idea! The girl loves Target.
Post # 14
I’d send a card with a Target or restaurant gift card.
Post # 15
@rosegoldie: YIKES! That’s terrible….and equally awful that the only idea her parents can come up with is to sue the apartment building? Really?
My cousin’s wife’s mother, also had no renters insurance and lo and behold, there was a fire…..caused by another tenant, WHICH is the most common cause of apartment fires in America…anyway, they had a drive for her, where people could either donate money OR donate clothes, kitchenware, furniture and decor items that they weren’t using for her new place….if you want to do something, that might be a good idea, throw it all in a POD and send it her way.
Post # 16
No renter’s insurance! I think that’s why I feel so bad…she’s a smart girl and I can’t believe she didn’t have this. A lot of Bee’s are suggesting gift cards so I think that’s what I’ll do. How much do you think? Is $100 too much? She was adamant we don’t send anything.