Operation #PayItForward #HelpConnieJo

One of the reasons I love being a blogger is because it gives me an opportunity to help people who may not otherwise get the help or exposure they need. I’m a huge believer in getting back what you put out into the world, so, as much as I can, I try my hardest to put out positivity, and to help those who need it. During the holidays, which should be a happy time for most people, it’s especially hard to see people suffering and doing without.

My Dad sent me a message on Facebook the other night, asking about ideas for fundraising. He said he had a friend who needed some help. She’s one of those people who would give you the shirt off her back if it was the last one she had. And when I found out what she’d been through, and that she was on the verge of being homeless, I knew I had to help.

Here’s her story, as told by a close friend:

Connie is a disabled senior suffering from Lupus, related severe arthritis, circulatory issues, and is also diagnosed 70% deaf. Additionally, she suffers from permanent

Connie, front and center, pictured with Clark Hunt, CEO/Chairman of the KC Chiefs, is part of the grassroots fan-led organization 'Terrorhead Returns' which is responsible for putting together the resources to help the KC Chiefs Fans regain the Guinness World Record for Loudest Stadium in the World.

Connie, front and center, pictured with Clark Hunt, CEO/Chairman of the KC Chiefs, is part of the grassroots fan-led organization ‘Terrorhead Returns’ which is responsible for putting together the resources to help the KC Chiefs Fans regain the Guinness World Record for Loudest Stadium in the World.

damage as a result of injuries that occurred during her former abusive marriage. She lives independently with her two ‘therapy dogs’, Dakota and Cochise, whom she loves dearly and considers her family. Her dogs provide her with emotional companionship, security, and are her ‘ears’, hearing such things as the doorbell, since she is unable to hear it herself. Prior to becoming disabled a few years ago, Connie was known to be a dedicated hard worker her entire life. She is a very compassionate, kind, caring and giving person. Throughout life she has often sacrificed her own needs for sake of helping family, many friends, and even strangers in need. She was the sole caregiver for her father when he was terminally ill, and cared for her younger brother when he was ill with kidney disease. Prior to his death in 2008, Connie offered to donate one of her kidney’s to help her brother, but doctors determined he was not medically eligible for a transplant. She is also an animal lover, and has adopted countless neglected homeless dogs over the years, including 10 year old Dakota and 2 year old Cochise.

In early 2009, a traumatic life transition began for Connie. Pshychologically broken, battered, and sick, Connie divorced her spouse after suffering a lengthy history of physical, pychological and financial abuse. The abuses by her former spouse

Connie, Dakota, and Cochise.

Connie, Dakota, and Cochise.

continued after her divorce. She was advised by trauma doctors and legal professionals, to relocate to protect her physical and emotional well being. In late 2010, Connie courageously left behind the place she had known as home for almost 40 years. Along with her two beloved dogs, Connie relocated to Kansas City and began rebuilding a new life free of abuse, torment, and fear. Her former husband destroyed all financial security, so Connie sold a majority of her personal belongings and property to raise enough money so that she could afford to buy an inexpensive, modest, 2 bedroom home in Kansas Citythat is handicap and wheelchair accessible in a safe senior community.

Despite disabling and painful physical challenges, for the past 3 years Connie has been slowly cleaning up the once run down house. She has proudly accomplished transforming a house in to a safe, peaceful, and comfortable ‘home sweet home’ for herself, Dakota, and Cochise.

Connie’s only personal source of income is her retirement/disability, which is a fixed

Connie, center, with my Dad, right, and a friend.

Connie, center, with my Dad, right, and a friend.

income of less than $800.00 monthly. She is unable to supplement her income due to multiple disabilities and healthcare restrictions. Her former husband was court ordered to pay $600.00 monthly into a trust fund for Connie but he has not done so in violation of court orders. Her property taxes and insurance were to be paid from this special needs trust fund.

Despite her financial limitations, Connie has frugally managed to pay her home’s insurance premiums and for necessary basic home maintenance repairs, but she has not been able to pay her property taxes the past 3 years. She and her two beloved dogs, Dakota and Cochise, face the uncertainty of being homeless as of January 1st, 2014 if the past due property taxes on her home are not paid in full. The state of Missouri appears to have no resources or feasible programs available to help.

Connie, on stage with Kid Rock at a concert in KC last year. Her friend bought her tickets and after hearing about all of the things she's done for other people, he brought her on stage, serenaded her, and gave her his guitar. You can watch the video here.

Connie, on stage with Kid Rock at a concert in KC last year. Her friend bought her tickets and after hearing about all of the things she’s done for other people, he brought her on stage, serenaded her, and gave her his guitar. You can watch the video here.

Jackson County, Missouri has added almost $2,000.00 in penalties and interest on her past due taxes. The county has stated they will continue to charge interest on the unpaid taxes. Due to her fixed income and disabilities, she is unable to obtain a loan to pay her property taxes. She has no family financially able to help her, and all other efforts made to pay the past due taxes have been unsuccessful.

Hoping for a Christmas miracle, we’re now turning to her friends and fellow human beings asking for your help to prevent Connie, Dakota, and Cochise from losing their home. If we can raise $10,000.00, we can pay the past due property taxes, penalty, interest, and pay an additional 2 years home taxes in advance. This plan will allow Connie to live securely in her handicap accessible home another 5 years, at which time her monthly fixed income should increase. At 62 she’ll be eligible for additional income through her Social Security, and should then be able to pay her home’s property taxes herself.

The money raised will be securely deposited in to Connie’s trust fund, and

Connie

Connie

the trust will directly pay her property taxes to Jackson County, Missouri. Any additional money raised over our goal of $10,000.00, will also be deposited in to Connie’s trust fund to help pay future property taxes, insurances, necessary home repairs, such as if her hot water heater would need replaced, or to provide necessary veterinary care for her beloved dogs.

Connie is a very proud humble person, and not the type of person who would ask others for help. Rather, she is the one always helping others, but this time she desperately needs our help, to save her safe and secure handicap accessible home from property tax foreclosure.

You guys… it will NOT be that hard to save Connie’s life as she knows it if we work together. I have over 150,000 fans on Facebook alone, and if each one donated LESS THAN A DOLLAR, we can give this woman everything she deserves, and more. And what a better way to pay it forward this holiday season than giving to someone who would give to any of you in a heartbeat!

Thank you to ALL of you that donated even the SMALLEST amount! We have reached the goal, and saved their home!

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23 Responses to Operation #PayItForward #HelpConnieJo

  1. Kris says:

    Cj is the sweetest person I know , I went to paypal gave what we could how can I find out if it went thought ?

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  3. Gary says:

    Just wondering the same if my my donation was received. Thx

  4. Kevin Andersen says:

    Just sent $100 through paypal. Thanks for making this page for a dear friend of mine and one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met.

  5. mary powell says:

    Connie Jo I also sent you $100.00 I hope this helps Love and Prayers to you

  6. Dawn says:

    It’s not much, but I hope it helps towards your goal for Connie

  7. TS from Chiefs Crowd says:

    Sent you my pay forward. We love you CJ!

  8. Judith says:

    Don’t know this lady but saw her story and made a small donation.

  9. Stacy says:

    Such a great cause for a wonderful person. Thank you for starting this and I hope we are able to reach the goal!

  10. Brenda Sinnott says:

    Wish I could give a ton more for Connie… Ohh..and Go Lions! :-)

  11. Stacy says:

    How much has been raised so far?

  12. TS from Chiefs Crowd says:

    Sent my second payment that I promised from my pay it forward 2013. We need more to finish meeting the goal, Heather how much is needed yet?

    • Heather Reese says:

      As of right now, we need AT LEAST $4000 more, after totaling the donations that I’ve received at that her other friends have received.

  13. brdempsey69 says:

    A $200.00 check is on it’s way from the Pacific Northwest.

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  15. Joan says:

    We have a blind 4yr old dog that I am trying to save up for the removal of juvenile cataracts but Connie needs to be able to keep her house so I sent a small donation and will share on my FB page.

    Good luck.

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  17. Arnetta Burgess says:

    Heather, I just want to thank you for all you have done to try & raise funds to pay CJ’s back real estate taxes in order to save her home. Do you have any idea how much more needs to be raised? A great big thank you to all of you out there who have donated to this cause. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all & Merry Christmas.

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