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No More Home to Come Back to :-(((
The Fresno Bee ^ | 11/11/04 | By Charles McCarthy / The Fresno Bee

Posted on 11/11/2004 11:45:51 AM PST by JusticeTalion

Soldier is back in the U.S. on leave after his Chowchilla house burns.

Terry Hitchcock, a soldier stationed in Iraq, is home in Chowchilla on emergency leave to deal with the aftermath of his family's house fire. He hugs his 8-year-old son, Brandon, in the doorway of the burned home under a flag sign yellowed from the fire.

Taking emergency leave from Iraq to return to a fire-gutted house in Chowchilla wasn't the happiest homecoming for Army Spec. Terry Hitchcock, but he and his family were thankful to be together Wednesday.

"I just want to take care of my family and get them settled somewhere," said Hitchcock, 42.

He must return to action Nov. 23, giving him only a brief time to find a new home and help his wife and children find new clothing and furniture. After that, he'll be gone until at least February.

The fire that caused $80,000 in damage started in an electrical plug or cord, fire investigators told the Hitchcocks. The family had no renters insurance and lost nearly all their belongings.

(Excerpt) Read more at fresnobee.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: brandon; chowchilla; fire; hitchcock; home; iraq; mindy; soldier; terry; terryhitchcock; wot
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1 posted on 11/11/2004 11:45:52 AM PST by JusticeTalion
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To: JusticeTalion

I've got two words for this guy. Extreme Makeover!

Someone contact ABC's program 'Extremem Makeover' and see what they can do.


2 posted on 11/11/2004 11:48:51 AM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: JusticeTalion
The family had no renters insurance and lost nearly all their belongings.

Aw geez. Really bad news right before Thanksgiving.

Any word if there's a fund started to benefit the family of this soldier?

3 posted on 11/11/2004 11:49:32 AM PST by Prime Choice (Hey-hey! Ho-ho! Arlen Specter's gotta go!)
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To: JusticeTalion

Where can we donate to help out?


4 posted on 11/11/2004 11:50:31 AM PST by Mr. Keys
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To: JusticeTalion

HOW TO HELP
Fuller Elementary School in Chowchilla will host a luncheon to benefit the Hitchcock family. Food will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the school's cafeteria, 1101 Monterey Ave.


5 posted on 11/11/2004 11:51:51 AM PST by Texas Eagle ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift)
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To: Texas Eagle

How about an address to send cash?


6 posted on 11/11/2004 11:53:17 AM PST by OpusatFR (BushwonBushwonBushwonBushwonBushwonBushwonBushwonBushwon=Bushwon!)
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To: JusticeTalion
Here's the link. Hope somebody can email it to this man so he can fill it out.
7 posted on 11/11/2004 11:53:45 AM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: DoughtyOne

That's a GREAT IDEA.


8 posted on 11/11/2004 11:54:03 AM PST by Rutles4Ever ("...upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.")
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To: DoughtyOne
Don't expect the ABC PC Police to allow this Extreme Makeover.
Not a minority...not a single parent(?)...not a 70's druggie burnout....not an academic.....too bad though. Nice idea.
9 posted on 11/11/2004 11:54:53 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: JusticeTalion; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Accountable One; Aeronaut; AKA Elena; Alabama_Wild_Man; ...
Prayer ping.


My prayers go up for this soldier and his family. Lord, we thank you that you are watching over this family. We thank you that you will guide the people to help in ways that would glorify you. You see the families needs Lord...we ask that you meet those needs in the time this soldier is allowed. I ask this in Jesus' precious name. Amen

Blessings,
trussell


If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

10 posted on 11/11/2004 11:54:56 AM PST by trussell (Unemployed intellectual...will act like a pompous ass for food!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Ping


11 posted on 11/11/2004 11:55:51 AM PST by Ladysmith (November 2, 2004: Taking America BACK!!!)
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To: All; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; alaska-sgt; armyboy; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; bentfeather; ...

Canteen ping


12 posted on 11/11/2004 11:56:53 AM PST by trussell (Unemployed intellectual...will act like a pompous ass for food!!)
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To: Mr. Keys
I've called a friend of the family and left a message asking where to send donations.

As soon as I hear back I will post the info.

Or I suppose I could just post the phone number and we could FReep the snot out of these poor people. What do you think?

13 posted on 11/11/2004 11:57:05 AM PST by Texas Eagle ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift)
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To: add925

Yeah. I hear ya. It wouldn't hurt to contact them though. They might surprise us.


14 posted on 11/11/2004 11:57:29 AM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: DoughtyOne
Sorry, that post was intended for you. Here's the link for Extreme Makeover Home. Hope somebody can email it to this man so he can fill it out.
15 posted on 11/11/2004 11:57:49 AM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: OpusatFR

I just e-mailed the reporter to ask if there was a fund.


16 posted on 11/11/2004 11:58:35 AM PST by Spyder
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To: Texas Eagle

BTT. I'm in.


17 posted on 11/11/2004 11:59:08 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: JusticeTalion

Here is the email address and phone number of the reporter on this story. I emailed him and suggested that his paper sponsor a fund for this family to which I would contribute. Let's get a critical mass of responses to this reporter and "Let's Roll."
cmccarthy@fresnobee.com or (559) 675-6804.


18 posted on 11/11/2004 12:01:14 PM PST by BienHoa69-70 RVN
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To: trussell

BTTT!!!!!!


19 posted on 11/11/2004 12:02:48 PM PST by E.G.C.
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To: JusticeTalion
May God hold this family close to Him now and give them peace and strength. May He ensure that they will have all they need to begin life anew and that they will realize that as long as they still have each other, they'll be OK.

Carolyn

20 posted on 11/11/2004 12:03:21 PM PST by CDHart
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To: add925
"Don't expect the ABC PC Police to allow this Extreme Makeover."

The first episode I saw of this program was a makeover of the home of a family whose dad waqs in the reserves and was in Iraq. In fact, unknown to the family, he came home during the episode and helped with the work. The mom and 2 boys were thrilled with the house, but it was nothing compared to the moment when they realized their dad was there. I still choke up thinking about it.

21 posted on 11/11/2004 12:04:23 PM PST by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: Billthedrill
I called the number as of 11:50 PT and got an answering machine. If we left thousands of messages asking where to send money, they would run up a huge long distance bill getting back to people.

So, on further review, I will refrain from posting the phone numbers I got until I hear back and will post the address to send donations at that time.

22 posted on 11/11/2004 12:04:50 PM PST by Texas Eagle ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift)
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To: Texas Eagle

I think they might appreciate a lot of messages of support...and thanks !


23 posted on 11/11/2004 12:05:01 PM PST by Mr. Keys
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To: asgardshill

The Extreme Makeover is meant for homeowners. It looks like this family was renting - they "only" need to replace furniture and belongings.


24 posted on 11/11/2004 12:06:23 PM PST by Spyder
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To: Mr. Keys
Okay. Well, since the Fresno Bee gave me these numbers I guess I can always put it back on them.

559-665-9591 Kim

559-665-1993 Michelle

25 posted on 11/11/2004 12:07:27 PM PST by Texas Eagle ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift)
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To: Spyder

Yup, you're right. I missed the reference to "renter's insurance" in the article the first time.


26 posted on 11/11/2004 12:09:11 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: asgardshill

Bump for an address where we can get some help to this soldier.


27 posted on 11/11/2004 12:10:22 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: Bahbah
"The first episode I saw of this program was a makeover of the home of a family whose dad waqs in the reserves and was in Iraq"

Missed this one.....thanks. Perhaps ABC is finding their way back? Maybe.

28 posted on 11/11/2004 12:17:16 PM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: asgardshill

Just got a note back from the reporter - said there's two contact numbers: (559) 665-9591...(559) 665-1993

I haven't tried calling but would be glad to send a donation if someone else wants to hunt down the info.


29 posted on 11/11/2004 12:24:49 PM PST by Spyder
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To: CDHart

My house burned down last year. I thank God each day that this occured during the day so everyone got out unhurt. I think this is the first thing on the soldier's mind. Each time we hear of a house fire, we will be reminded to thank the Lord for saving our families. Then secondly, they will thank all you who help them. (We had insurance.)


30 posted on 11/11/2004 12:25:43 PM PST by eccentric (aka baldwidow)
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To: JusticeTalion; All
Here is the address if you want to help:

Hitchcocks
P.O. Box 386
Chowchilla, CA 93610

31 posted on 11/11/2004 12:38:13 PM PST by Texas Eagle ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift)
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To: JusticeTalion

Oh, sad. Prayers offered.


32 posted on 11/11/2004 12:39:38 PM PST by Soaring Feather (~Poetry is my forte.~)
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To: DoughtyOne

They were renters. They lost their stuff, not the house. They need stuff. Let's send them stuff.


33 posted on 11/11/2004 12:40:40 PM PST by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Thanks for the address. I'll put some wheels in motion.


34 posted on 11/11/2004 12:41:11 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: Texas Eagle

I just talked with Kim Whatley. She is one of the girl's teachers and is working with others to provide for this family. She was blown away by the fact that this article was on the internet and by the offers of help. I gave her the link to this site so that she can see the offers of help. She said it was ok to contact her by email at kimwhately@yahoo.com


36 posted on 11/11/2004 12:47:38 PM PST by BienHoa69-70 RVN
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To: Soliton

That's a nice idea, but I think $ might be better. The article says some in the community have helped with stuff. These folks are going to need $$ for rent, security deposit, and renter's insurance. Money orders are cheap....


37 posted on 11/11/2004 12:47:57 PM PST by blu (Red Counties to Blue Counties.."Can you hear us NOW?")
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To: blu

I emailed kim again and suggested that a paypal account be set up for the Hitchcocks and then money could be quickly and easily transferred.


38 posted on 11/11/2004 12:56:23 PM PST by BienHoa69-70 RVN
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To: BienHoa69-70 RVN

I like that one! (PayPal).


39 posted on 11/11/2004 1:02:58 PM PST by Spyder
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To: JusticeTalion; Jim Robinson

JIMROB:
That's local for you!
Any contacts out there?
Let us know if we can help!


40 posted on 11/11/2004 1:04:11 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: trussell

Thanks for the ping. I'll be in prayer for this family.

Praise the Lord his family is okay, but still, what a terrible thing for this soldier to have to come home to.


41 posted on 11/11/2004 1:12:33 PM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: Heart of Georgia

bump


42 posted on 11/11/2004 1:20:15 PM PST by agrace (Thank you veterans!)
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To: JusticeTalion

Bump for helping this family.


43 posted on 11/11/2004 1:24:18 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Soliton

If we're going to contribute to something, I'd like to contribute towards a vacant lot that 'Extreme Makeovers' could build on. Of course that's if they'd sign on to the project.

D1

P.S. Otherwise I like your 'stuff' post.


44 posted on 11/11/2004 1:26:53 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: BienHoa69-70 RVN

Good job!


45 posted on 11/11/2004 1:27:35 PM PST by blu (Red Counties to Blue Counties.."Can you hear us NOW?")
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To: JusticeTalion

Prayers sent.


46 posted on 11/11/2004 1:32:41 PM PST by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Agreed....

The show does great things for very deserving families.


47 posted on 11/11/2004 1:34:19 PM PST by najida (To all Veteran's- Thank you very, very much.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Agreed....

The show does great things for very deserving families.


48 posted on 11/11/2004 1:34:20 PM PST by najida (To all Veteran's- Thank you very, very much.)
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To: JusticeTalion; JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; gracie1; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; notpoliticallycorewrecked; ...

A soldier and his family in Chowchilla in need of support.


49 posted on 11/11/2004 1:40:29 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionist Senate! Sixty in 06!)
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To: JusticeTalion

Prayers sent.


50 posted on 11/11/2004 1:43:21 PM PST by austingirl
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