Friday, June 14, 2013
DirecTV is the least of his worries.
So by now you've maybe seen the fracas on the #blackforestfire twitter feed. The blurb about the fire evacuee who was told by DirecTV that he still owed $400 for the dish and the box destroyed in the blaze that burned his house to the ground. That's ridiculous enough, no matter who the customer.
But I know that guy!! Jeremy Beach is an emergency room nurse I've worked with in a few different places, and just an all-around nice guy. His wife, Kelly, is an ER nurse too, and I worked with her really briefly also. Kelly's 37 weeks pregnant with twins, and they have a 5-year old son, and they lost everything they owned on the first, most furious day of the fire.
The DirecTV issue is one thing. Rebuilding their life is another. I can't imagine losing a home and everything else, much less at such a crucial time for their family, with two new additions impending to re-stock and re-prepare for.
A handful of folks that know the Beach family are trying to help out; there's a Paypal site that's been set up for donations but it's currently having some issues, and friends are coordinating efforts to gather donated household items, clothes, baby stuff, etc. One thing I can do is to provide a secure collection location. Anybody who'd like to donate cash, gift cards, household goods, or anything you think a family in this situation could use, please drop donations off at First Choice Emergency Room, 2770 North Powers Blvd. in Colorado Springs (Powers and Constitution).
And it couldn't hurt to boycott DirecTV or give them a shout, just on principle.
Thanks in advance!