Atheist Tornado Survivor Has A Request

Rebecca Vitsmun is the atheist who spread the Good News of Atheism to Wolf Blitzer after her house was demolished by a tornado. Atheists have rallied to her family’s side by donating a heart lifting $112,302 already for her. But no money in the world is going to change the fact that some of her neighbors, ones she knows personally and others she doesn’t, have died. And our donating to only one person is not going to alleviate the suffering of many others.

So tonight Rebecca put up a request that we turn our attention to another family. Here’s their heartrending story, in case you’re inclined to donate:

Last night, May 31st, 3012 a massive tornado ripped through our town of El Reno. My home was devastated and flooded. We’ve lost most of our belongings and pretty much all of my son’s. He’s an amazing autistic 2 year old who gives me a reason to fight every day. I’m very very sick, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Fibromyalgia. I am also a uterine/ovarian cancer survivor. I had a total hysterectomy last summer at the age of 23. So I wasn’t working and my husband is so we have no savings, we have nothing to fall back on.

I have no money for food, or diapers, or to even think about replacing the furniture and items we’ve lost due to this storm. My dogs are missing and possibly dead. I have 2 ferrets and 3 cats that just lost all their food. We are suffering greatly. My medications were also lost in the storm and I cannot afford to have them replaced. Including my pain medication that allows me to get through each and every day.

We have nothing, we don’t really hav anyone to call to get help from, and FEMA can’t help us. We did have homeowner’s insurance, but because a majority of the damage was from the flooding, and we didn’t have flood insurance, they won’t help us either. So I’m asking anyone who can to please help us.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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