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Sep
23
2013

Operation Christmas Karen – Fire Victim #CQRelief

Karen's Family

Every year we as a site, we try to reach out to our community and do a special project for Christmas. For example we have donated to the Battered Women’s Shelter, donated to The Baptist Girls Home etc. This year I just couldn’t figure out what we were going to do but it was all in God’s timing. Today our very own Princess Karen lost everything she has in a house fire.SHE HAS NO INSURANCE! Princess Karen is a single mom of 3.  I can tell you first hand that Karen is an amazing person. She took a lower paying job just so she could take care of her youngest Jesse who has all kinds of medical problems all while going to school to become a lawyer. In her spare time she volunteers at several charities as well as volunteers her time on ConsumerQueen.com. Whenever someone is need Karen has always been the first to come to their rescue even though she didn’t have much herself.

karen house fire

Karen’s son Jesse has a ton of medical problems and is having surgery Oct 9th and will have to be at home out of school for 14 days so it is important to find something for them quick.

This year I have decided as a site we are going to be doing Operation Christmas Karen. I am determined to help Karen get back on her feet as well as help her with Christmas as I am sure that is the last thing on her mind. Right now the Red Cross has set up Karen and her family in a hotel but she has to check out on Thursday. I have exactly one day this week before I fly out on Wednesday to get her as much immediate help as I can. Tomorrow I will be contacting a local storage unit to see if we can get her a unit for donations as well as Bank of Oklahoma to see if we can set her up an account there. For the time being though I have created a Paypal donation widget that will go straight to Karen’s Paypal account to help her what she needs to get immediately for the family.




 

Items can also be mailed to:

Karen Perea
c/o Operation Christmas Karen
548 NW 172nd Place
Edmond, OK 73012

I have also had Karen open up a donation account at Bank of Oklahoma.  You can go into any Bank of Oklahoma branch and tell them that you would like to donate to Karen Perea or to Operation Christmas Karen and they will put the funds in her account.

I have also asked Karen to make a wishlist of what she needs, you can see below. This also includes a Christmas list ( she did not want to ask for Christmas but I held her down and forced her LOL J/K). Both of the teens had asked for Skylanders Swapforce for Christmas but we are pretty sure the XBOX is now gone too.

Karen:

  • Womans Size 32/34 clothes (needs work clothes)
  • Size 12 W shoes
  • Gas Cards
  • Housing
  • Computer
  • Needs Litter Box for cat and scooper
  • Queen size sheets
  • Microwave
  • Converter Box
  • Simple household tools like hammer, screwdriver etc
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Surge Protectors
  • Kids VHS/DVDS
  • Boy Toys
  • Cooking spices or Food
  • Toddler table for kids room
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Cutting Board

Jesse a/k/a Little Man: (age 5 1/2)

  • Size 4T clothes
  • Size 13 shoes
  • Wears uniforms for school tan/navy pants and white, navy or burgundy collared shirt.
  • Leappad Games (Christmas)
  • Glow in the dark fish tank (black light tank) and accessories

Lee: (14)

  • Size Large shirts
  • Size 38/34 pants
  • Size 13 shoes
  • Belt
  • Wears uniforms for school tan/black pants and white, black or gray polo shirt
  • Games for 3DS Xl (Christmas)

Alex: (15 1/2)

  • Size Large shirts
  • Size 38/34 pants
  • Size 14 shoes
  • Belt
  • Wears uniforms for school tan/black pants and white, black or gray polo shirt
  • Games for 3DS Xl (Christmas)

House Items: OK Since she needs everything I am just going to list the items that have been donated and will update the list as we get items.

House Items donated:

  1. Washer
  2. $100 cash has been donated by a gentleman TY!!!!!!!
  3. Edmond Tractor Supply donated Cat Food & Litter
  4. Edmond Switzer Locker donated a storage unit till the end of the month
  5. C.B. Donated $50 Paypal
  6. S.R. Donated $10 Paypal
  7. S.K Donated $20 Paypal
  8. M.D. Donated $50 Paypal
  9. S.S. donated clothes
  10. V.P. donated $50 Paypal
  11. Visa Gift card from Karen’s RCIA Sponsor and Little Man’s Baptism Sponsor
  12. W.J. and friends donated a monetary gift
  13. C.S. donated 2 stools and a captain bed frame
  14. A.S. and family donated a manual hospital bed frame and a twin mattress (my kids are fighting over the bed since it adjusts…LOL)
  15. Bethel Foundation donated a TV, plastic containers, glasses, 2 pillows, sofa table and recliner
  16. M from S.E. donated a loveseat, dining room table and 4 chairs, dresser, 2 night stands
  17. Neighbor of S.R. donated a dresser
  18. C. G. donated $20 Paypal
  19. Christmas Connection donated clothes
  20. Catholic Charities donated a Microwave
  21. G.R. donated clothing for Karen
  22. Washer and Dryer donated by M.B. and family
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  • Jennifer September 24, 2013, 8:49 AM

    Contact the salvation army of norman. They have programs for people who lost thier homes in fires. As well as The owner of Maguire feedstore in the lake thunderbird area , they have a warehouse full of furniture and appliances after she is relocated.

    Reply
    • Consumer Queen September 24, 2013, 11:28 AM

      Thank you so much Jennifer!!!!

      Reply
      • Sheli September 24, 2013, 1:13 PM

        There is also a food and clothing place that will help her out in Norman. It is right behind the college.

        Reply
        • Melanie October 2, 2013, 1:40 PM

          Salvation Army also helps with clothes and food, easy application.

          Reply
  • Adrienne September 25, 2013, 9:20 PM

    I recently cleaned out my son’s 4T clothing. Unfortunately, no uniform items, but there are pajamas, shorts, pants, shirts, and such. If she still needs them let me know how to get them to you/her.

    Reply
  • . September 28, 2013, 10:13 PM

    Could this be an option? Perhaps the owner would work with Karen.

    http://www.arealhomeawayfromhome.com/

    Reply
  • Melanie October 2, 2013, 1:42 PM

    The Salvation army Also offers vouchers to there store for clothes and household goods. They also have a great food bank. In our community the application is easy and they can even offer gas vouchers and help with other bills. I used to work at our local branch

    Reply
  • Ali October 3, 2013, 10:49 PM

    Has anyone contacted the Hope Center? It’s here in Edmond off Broadway. They sincerely try to help any Edmond resident get back on their feet. I hope they can help her. They also have a thrift store called Hopefully Yours. I was in there the other day and I am sure they could help with work clothes as well as school uniforms. Just a thought, I will keep her and her children in my prayers.

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    • Princess Karen October 8, 2013, 10:49 AM

      Ali,

      I did not live in Edmond and the HOPE center is for Edmond residents. I have been hitting thrift stores; however, I will be sure to try and check that one out.

      Princess Karen

      Reply

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