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Hello. My name is Sandy Greer. I reach out to you for urgent financial help to replace an old wood electric furnace, after yet another creosote fire that came too close to destroying my home. In the video, I show the results of many years of leaking, dangerous creosote which, twice, has caused a fire en route to the chimney.
For ten years I have lived in a century-old farmhouse into which I invested all of my savings to do unexpected repairs, plus replacing the roof. Throughout this period I have witnessed, with concern, the steady deterioration of a furnace now declared totally unsafe by my trusted chimney sweep. Similar sentiments came from the entire local fire department who put out the fire in the pipe leading to the chimney just before reaching it - God bless them all.
Since then, while deciding how to raise money that I do not have for a new furnace, my physical health has suffered from insufficient heat. I stayed in my home for the important reason to keep my water taps running so that the pipes do not freeze. I have survived with a woodstove in the kitchen and a small electric heater in my bedroom. But, I also have broken out in a rash, much more severe lately, which requires medical attention, and probably caused by emotional stress, made worse by lack of sleep because of itching throughout the night.
I am self-supporting, no family, and rely on a poverty-level pension. This follows a longer period of not finding gainful employment - recall the 2008 economic downturn after which many (invisible) people lost employment - even though in 2012 I launched a website to exhibit a lifetime of experience and knowledge. Poverty, instead, has caused immense stress and, subsequently, chronic health problems even before this furnace crisis.
My life has been dedicated to helping humanity and planetary well-being, through both professional and volunteer activities. I wish to continue contributing to the wider world, once I get past this furnace crisis and my health is stronger again.
Given my present condition of limited physical energy at this time, I am not in a position to reciprocate through "awards." Instead, however, I invite you to browse through my website `Awakening to Possibility' and blog, for reflections that you may find helpful. For example, see http://www.awakeningtopossibility.ca/blog/?p=1588, on self-care, as a cautionary message about the pitfalls of overwork.
I cannot afford a laptop, nor any mobile technologies (with monthly payments), and rely upon my desktop computer in my home office. As well, I consciously chose a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity, through relocating from a large city to the countryside, to experience a slower, more balanced way of life surrounded by nature. Here, I have rediscovered joy, been introduced to inner peace, and limit digital technology's constant pressure.
Nevertheless, I am willing, and delighted, to communicate with donors through [email protected], and provide updates, as needed, on this page. Perhaps future opportunities will be presented in which I can offer a more individual way to be helpful. Meanwhile, I am morally committed to spiritual and environmental pursuits to protect what really matters during my time here on Earth. Thank you for caring.
Let Us See What Love Can DoUpdate posted by Sandy Greer at 01:21 am
My campaign to pay the bills for a new wood/electric furnace and updated cellar duct work is ending a week from now, or less, depending on your time zone.Please know how much I appreciate the donations given, and try to focus on the fact that, as of Monday, May 23rd. . . . .
Funds Needed for New FurnaceUpdate posted by Sandy Greer at 10:18 pm
The new photo shows my new green wood/electric furnace, plus some of the new duct work which has improved the flow of heat, and also meets code for house insurance. The brown electrical box from the original furnace is reused here, to save the expense of a new electric box.Constant. . . . .
New Furnace Installed After Becoming IllUpdate posted by Sandy Greer at 11:37 pm
The living conditions of my farmhouse, not heated properly since mid-February, caused illness that put me in bed for several days. I had to take action to avoid pneumonia. A new wood electric furnace now is installed, coloured green, very symbolic of this season of renewal. When I have been. . . . .