View Full Version : Help for our user & friend Audit get their lives back in order.

06-09-2008, 10:39 AM
Help our user and friend Audit! (http://dataoutages.com/)

If you've been around BBForums or other BB user forums (Crackberry) long, you know who user Audit (http://www.blackberryforums.com/members/audit.html) is. He runs the -= Dataoutages.com =- (http://www.DataOutages.com) mail list, and has moderated at other other forums similar to this. His name is John.

Around Detroit yesterday, with straight-line winds, hail, and storms, his family home was damaged. You can view news coverage here for the Detroit area:
136,000 Metro Detroiters Without Power Detroit Damage (http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/16544429/detail.html)

Many of the windows in the home were blown out, water damage inside and loss of a lot of stuff in the home. John fared better than his brother who has two large oaks through each end of their home.

What's more, John is not in great health. Some of his friends here know more about this, but suffice it to say that storm damage repairs aren't the only need right now. Well, since Extreme Home Makeover and Ty Pennington are not around, we'll do our part!

Click below to help John and his family.

Click here and go to the PayPal button at the bottom of the page. (http://dataoutages.com/)

Or, simply make a PayPal payment to paypalus@<hidden>.

Funds deposited to the DataOutages can and will be used for personal expenses and for whatever they need, be it new windows, food, clothing, home repairs, whatever.

Anything you can do will be appreciated, from $1.00 upwards.

We bought a BlackBerry for Dawg (yeah!), now let's help an individual and their family put their home back in order. Yea I know this is not as sexy as a BlackBerry, but these are lives of our friend we want to help mend.

SO, thank you in advance for your contribution, and thank you for helping mend some lives.

If you have other questions, please feel free to PM me here at BBF.

06-09-2008, 10:43 AM
I will definately take care of this Friday when I get paid.

06-09-2008, 10:47 AM
Wirelessly posted (Titanium BlackBerry® 8320)

Please give me until Wednesday.

06-09-2008, 10:52 AM
as soon as I get a check I will certainly donate. John you are in my prayers buddy

06-09-2008, 10:59 AM
And, I am in as well. Sent.

John Clark
06-09-2008, 11:00 AM
I'm in too

06-09-2008, 11:01 AM
May I post this on other sites JS?

06-09-2008, 11:05 AM
You may, thank you.

I just repaired a link above, if you want to make sure it works for you.

06-09-2008, 11:11 AM
I'm in, sent.
sometimes all you need is some friends to help out.

John Clark
06-09-2008, 11:11 AM
Thanks, JS...They are in cleanup mode today and making some progress. They had to stay in a hotel last night so anything we can do would certainly help! Great thread!

06-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Wirelessly posted (my new touch button BB)

Okay folks we have proven the charitable generosity of BBF

Let's continue to help

One dollar
Ten dollars

Give up a pack of cigs or a soda for a few days its amazing how easy it is!!!!

If you can't help todaay. Help out on payday!!

Inconvenience yourself skip lunch!

He is without a liveable home right now! Put yourself in those shoes. Would you want help?..................that's what I thought

06-09-2008, 11:31 AM
Thanks everyone, we're not used to taking "charity". We have a company out right now that's going through our park and I'm sure they are "cleaning up" in the wallet right now. They will have windows in today and we're "supposed" to have another storm coming in tonight, not sure how strong but they did say it's going to be a fairly strong one, getting hit with 2 major storms within 24hr's didn't help anyone in our park but last night's was a bad one for sure. We have a few people over helping with cleanup while I'm at work and I'm trying to manage things from here. It's a interesting day to say the least, at least the east side of the home wasn't damaged and that's where our master bedroom is so as long as things keep going and we get the electric back soon then we'll be in the house tonight.

Thank god for Check N Go, they are our best friend in times like this to get $ in an emergency. I know a lot of neighbors were up there this morning.

06-09-2008, 12:43 PM
Oh I'm REALLY hating Michigan now. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080609/NEWS05/806090356

John Clark
06-09-2008, 12:45 PM
I always wonder why y'all live out there!

06-09-2008, 01:05 PM
We live in the sticks of Oxford, it's nice and peacefull compared to the city. Wildlife all over the place and you can actually see the stars at night. But we also get hit harder then the city does when storms pass through because we have a lot of lakes around us.

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Michigan Issued by the National Weather Service (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/alerts/mi.html#MIC125.WNSWOU6.173700)

Thank god for xanax during the last 3 days.

06-09-2008, 03:25 PM
Donated.... Wish I could have sent more than $20 though....

John Clark
06-09-2008, 03:34 PM
Feeding a family of 6 here....Groceries/gas KILL me! I've seen about a 40% increase in my grocery budget!

I donated $25. One doesn't have to donate a large amount Whatever you can spare to help a family in need. $1,$5, $10, $20, $50, $100. If many people donate a little, it adds up to a lot. No need for feeling bad you couldn't donate more.

06-09-2008, 03:39 PM
I'm in... Good luck...
And it's not charity. It's helping out a friend.

06-09-2008, 04:14 PM
I get paid Wednesday so I will certainly be sending some funds along then. Good luck with everything audit, my thoughts are with you.

06-09-2008, 07:11 PM
Thanks again everyone for those that have donated. BELIEVE me when I say I understand about foot and gas bills. I let my car get repo'd because we couldn't afford it as well as the medical bills, etc. Our son is in the let's grow an inch a month stage so the salvation army has been a great place for us to go get clothes at for them and I really don't give 2 shits about what people think about how I look. I'm a redneck after all and I dress how I feel comfortable which means I still wear clothes that are YEARS old because my kids come first for food and clothes.

The good news is we have electric back, windows in the place so we're dealing with water damage now and trying to replace the food that we lost due to the weather and heat. We've come up with enough to get us through the next couple days from friends so my wife and kids are good. I've gone almost 2 weeks before without food so this is nothing new to me. I'll eat again on Friday when a buddy pays me back for a bet for the Hockey finals via a nice lunch.

I'm trying to get ahold of another MicroSD card for my 8310 because after all the pictures I took among other things, it gave out on me and my computer won't read it so I can get the pictures off it and my 8310 doesn't see it. I'll be doing some data recovery hopefully off it throughout the night. With everything that's gone on with the weather, I'm wound up tighter then a drum so I'm not sure sleep's going to be a option for me tonight. Kids and wife come first for comfort and sleep.

I've always told my wife that I'll get plenty of rest when I'm dead ;)

06-09-2008, 07:41 PM
Wirelessly posted (my new touch button BB)

Get some rest now Audit!!!

Take a break try to unwind

06-09-2008, 08:07 PM
in for one.
oh wait, this isnt woot!

but seriously, im in.
and i hope audit's a Wings fan...

GO WINGS!! and good luck John.

Horizon Wireless
06-09-2008, 08:13 PM
Just donated $200. Hope everything works out. I know its not enough to rebuild but its a start. Please guys help a friend in need. We really are a family here and this time, its major. We gotta group together on this one folks.

06-10-2008, 12:46 AM
Donation sent. Wish it could have been more.

Best wishes, Audit, for getting everything back in order.

06-10-2008, 05:40 PM
John had to have an inspector out today to assess any structural damage, more unexpected expenses...

Any help here will be appreciated deeply.

Thanks to all who have contributed already. We'll get a tally soon on the donations so far, but I know we haven't even hit the expenses to cover the current damage and repairs.

Horizon Wireless
06-10-2008, 06:57 PM
John had to have an inspector out today to assess any structural damage, more unexpected expenses...

Any help here will be appreciated deeply.

Thanks to all who have contributed already. We'll get a tally soon on the donations so far, but I know we haven't even hit the expenses to cover the current damage and repairs.

Do you know how much we have raised JC? Whats the total expenses so far. Maybe if we have a target to shoot for we can make it happen.

06-10-2008, 08:27 PM
I agree with ^^

06-10-2008, 09:38 PM
I did what I could. Hope it helps. Bump!

06-11-2008, 12:28 PM
In for a bit. Good luck getting back in shape.

06-11-2008, 03:30 PM
Donated. Hope it helps some.

06-11-2008, 04:11 PM
tgeekb, it will help, thank you (and ALL others).

I would like this to hit about $1,000, as a total gift to John. We are just under $600 now.


It really speaks volumes of this community, and each of you personally for helping John out. He has "served" valiantly, hosting the dataoutages.com site, all at his own expense. So, again, I cannot thank you each enough for stepping up to the plate.

06-11-2008, 04:29 PM
I'm in. Will try to send more when I get paid Monday. Good luck getting things back in order.

06-11-2008, 06:10 PM
Just realized I don't have anything left in my PayPal account. I'll be chipping in just as soon as the transfer of funds is complete!

06-11-2008, 06:55 PM
i will send message to you soon.

06-12-2008, 08:32 PM
couldn't let this get buried to far

06-12-2008, 09:13 PM
Been in meetings all week, and just saw this thread.

I'm in. Good luck John.

06-13-2008, 05:26 PM
Please see this thread to donate and get some great gear!!!!



06-13-2008, 06:28 PM
See above post, for free gear, and I sent another $20....

Lets dew 1K if not more..... :yes:

06-13-2008, 11:15 PM
donated and bumped


06-14-2008, 12:06 AM
Wirelessly posted (8310; The Juggernaut)

Thanks again to all and thanks for your generosity. We are just over 700!
Wow, thanks very much.

06-14-2008, 09:22 AM
Sorry to jump in so late in the game-donated.

Hang in there, audit-this too shall pass.

06-14-2008, 09:36 AM
Wirelessly posted (BB 850)

Let's get this to one thousand.. Still going to be a drop in the bucket, but every bit helps..

This community rocks!!!


06-14-2008, 09:43 PM
PayPal expected to clear Monday - will donate then.

In the mean time, bump up to the top.

06-16-2008, 08:53 PM
Finally got to add in my donation. And a bump while I'm at it!

06-17-2008, 11:04 AM
bumpitty bump

06-17-2008, 12:34 PM
I'm in. Will try to send more when I get paid Monday. Good luck getting things back in order.

Done! Hope things are better this week.

06-17-2008, 01:35 PM
Just read through this thread, will donate as well when I get home tonight!

06-17-2008, 02:34 PM
OK, not much, but I just put in a bit. I know it can all help.


06-17-2008, 02:39 PM
Not much given considering my families current budget recession, but I hope our donation will help out a little. God bless you and your family.

06-17-2008, 02:42 PM
Everything helps, and believe, me you will be blessed for helping, in return.

Thank you each.

Thanks to all. I will get an update and report back tomorrow.

06-17-2008, 05:14 PM
My WTeam package sold to a user on a unix forum.... I will donate this moola once I get it....

$150.00 more in the kitty!!!


06-17-2008, 05:17 PM
Man, words cannot express the gratitude I feel about the people in this forum. I am proud to even be a minuscule part of this thread and this community.

06-17-2008, 05:20 PM
I am working a off-duty part time job tomorrow... I will donate the earnings from this as well.... What's 4 hours to help someone in need....?????

With the Wteam gear sale and my off-duty pay for the day, I will drop another $250 into the fund....

The 100 will be tomorrow and the other 150 (wteam gear) will be as soon as I get her paypal for said gear...


06-17-2008, 05:23 PM
Wow, Kris.

Just wow, you know how to make an impact.

Thank you.

06-17-2008, 05:26 PM
Yeah Lunk really stepped up. Great job.

06-17-2008, 05:27 PM
Wow, Kris.

Just wow, you know how to make an impact.

Thank you.

No big deal JS.... My part-time money is spent on junk anyway.... I sit and do noting for $25 an hour.... 4 hours a week.... It's my play money that some do not have because they are dealing with catastrophes....

The wteam gear is free for me... I just have to play with last years gear for another year is all.... The person that purchased it, knowing the money was getting donated ROCKS!!!


06-17-2008, 06:09 PM
I will get an update and report back tomorrow.

Please include my $250 in the numbers as I am good for it :razz: ;-)

Lets get this to $1500 or $2000.... Thats nothing for the damage and cost he and his family are out!!!!!


06-17-2008, 08:28 PM
man Lunk mad props to you

06-17-2008, 08:30 PM
man Lunk mad props to you

For what??? I donated free gear and 4 hours of off-duty pay??? Ezzie-cheesie....

Horizon Wireless
06-17-2008, 08:42 PM
For what??? I donated free gear and 4 hours of off-duty pay??? Ezzie-cheesie....

WOW, what a great guy. Lunkhead you are fantastic!! You rock man!!!

06-17-2008, 08:47 PM
See dear kind sir thread in off topic..... I am milking EZ's account... :razz:

Come on folks let's bust 2k..... Put yourself in their position.... It's ruff times and we all know it, but spare a java for a day an donate.... I gotta play with my year-old gear for a year....

Lets do it!!!!! 2k is the NEW goal!!!

Horizon Wireless
06-17-2008, 09:44 PM
Sent 50 bucks more for a total of $250. If Lunkhead and myself can do 500 alone, theres no reason we cant do 2000 all together

06-17-2008, 09:50 PM
You, sir, rock

Lets get this to 2k!....

Come on folks we can get this there easily.... It;s a drop in the bucket, as far as they are concerned, and is a minor (coffee) inconvenience to us....

2k or BUST!!!

06-17-2008, 09:54 PM
Wirelessly posted (positive thoughts!!!)

2k or bust I'm in peeps

Payday is friday

06-17-2008, 10:01 PM
2k or bust ...... I like that sound.....

Donate a buck if you can.... Every dollar counts!!!!

Let's dew it!!!!

Have you ever seen a forum come together like this??? Be a part of it!!!!!

Drop a bone!!!! OR two :)

06-18-2008, 12:16 PM
Mad props to everyone here!

06-19-2008, 06:51 AM
Bump for 2k.....


06-19-2008, 06:53 AM
whats is the current tally sir?

where are my sheckles?

06-19-2008, 07:36 AM
I jumped in for some, not much but hope it helps Audit (y).

How close are we to that 2k goal JS?

06-19-2008, 07:56 AM
The $100 from my part time work yesterday has been sent....

Waiting on payment for my wteam gear and will send the other $150...


06-19-2008, 09:59 AM
Sent what I could. Good luck to you and your family.

06-19-2008, 10:24 AM
Including Lunks contribution and pledge for the $150, we stand just over $1050!

WOW, you guys are awesome! Past the initial goal, but with Lunk, I'd like to leave this up longer and allow others the opportunity to be a part of it.

Friends--you will be blessed as you bless others! Any amount counts, and I will consider it a personal favor to me as you make your gift to this good cause.


06-19-2008, 10:47 AM
Hey that is awesome!!! I *hope* we can get this to $2,000... While this would still be a drop in the bucket, it would be an awesome accomplishment!!

Come on BBF'ers..... Lets step up and get this done!

06-19-2008, 11:33 AM
Donated and bumped

06-19-2008, 04:25 PM
Did as much as I could right now!! God bless Audit and his family during this difficult time in their lives!!

06-19-2008, 05:23 PM
Thank you Stevensg22!

06-19-2008, 06:53 PM
Just found this thread. Did what I could. I hope my little bit helps.


06-19-2008, 08:50 PM
Wirelessly posted (off to see the wizard)

Shameless BUMP

I am sorry sir but in this thread there is no such thing as a shameless bump!

06-20-2008, 02:43 PM
Double-dip! Lets keep it going!!

06-21-2008, 08:06 PM
Another bump.... Quit asking questions and float sum moola!!!!

06-23-2008, 11:30 AM

06-23-2008, 11:46 AM
Lets keep this up top. JS got an update? Also, Lunk how did the charity sale go?

06-23-2008, 11:48 AM
I don't have an update today, I will get one!

Thanks all!

06-23-2008, 12:16 PM
spare a java for a day and donate....

I had already made my donation when I read Lunk's post, but thought he made an interesting point. So, I am having a three week break from Cafe Nero next door to the office. I'll make coffee on-site instead.

That will save me £2.15 per day, times 15 days = £32.25
With current exchange rates, that is about $63.33 (I'll round to $65)

PayPal'ing it over now... (and trying not to fall off chair with shock after realisation of how much £ I waste on take-away coffee!)

06-23-2008, 12:21 PM
Wow, Jadey YOU ROCK.


Audit tells me through Sunday, we are just over $1300 in donations.

06-23-2008, 12:25 PM
Small donation made, hope it is of use :)

06-23-2008, 12:26 PM
That is excellent news! Way to go BBF!

06-23-2008, 12:29 PM
Well, with the donations today, we must be pushing $1400

So just over $600 to hit the $2k mark - GO BBF! We can do it, a final push...

06-23-2008, 05:33 PM
Lets keep this up top. JS got an update? Also, Lunk how did the charity sale go?

Said she is gonna pay me for the gear on Friday....

Waiting to hear back if I can auction a BBF custom case...

06-23-2008, 06:14 PM
I love an auction!!!!!


Bid away to help a good cause and some good people!!!!


06-23-2008, 06:16 PM
I had already made my donation when I read Lunk's post, but thought he made an interesting point. So, I am having a three week break from Cafe Nero next door to the office. I'll make coffee on-site instead.

That will save me £2.15 per day, times 15 days = £32.25
With current exchange rates, that is about $63.33 (I'll round to $65)

PayPal'ing it over now... (and trying not to fall off chair with shock after realisation of how much £ I waste on take-away coffee!)
Wow!!! Thats awesome!!!!! Anyone else want to give up Starbucks, if even for a day???

You rock


06-23-2008, 08:54 PM
Grand Total*


And this doesn't include Lunkhead's nice leather curve case he is auctioning off...

Almost to our 2Grand Total Goal!

Thanks--everyone. You will be blessed in return.

(*estimated, because PayPal may not have cleared everything yet)

06-23-2008, 08:56 PM
That is excellent news! we are just $200 shy of the goal. (and may be even less than that.) AND $50 of that is from the BBF case.

06-23-2008, 09:00 PM

may I be so bold as to challenge BBF to 3k?

I am tappd out at the moment

I am gonna check around and see if I have anything that may be auctionable!!

06-23-2008, 09:04 PM
Thanks EZ, Audit actually asked me to cut it off at this 2K point.

I won't be the one to say one can't donate further to his cause (because he and his family are a worthy cause!), but he feels enough has been done to recover from the loss they experienced.

06-23-2008, 09:08 PM
well I can't argue with Audit

but agree with can't stop anyone from donating

06-23-2008, 09:09 PM
You know it.

This BBF Community is quite a generous crowd, kinda place I like to hang.

06-23-2008, 09:12 PM
don't see this happening on the other sites!!!

06-24-2008, 08:39 AM
boostin it up

06-24-2008, 09:23 AM
Wirelessly posted (BB 850)

AND $50 of that is from the BBF case.
That sweet case is up to $80 now.. :woot:

06-24-2008, 09:51 AM
I'm new here, and have no idea who John is, but I donated some money. I hope it helps.

God Bless!

06-24-2008, 10:40 AM
This is awesome everyone...

06-24-2008, 10:44 AM
Wirelessly posted (BB 850)

I got the payment ($150) for my wteam gear a few minutes ago.. I will send it out today when I get home since paypal mobile sux...


06-24-2008, 11:40 AM
Got the $150 sent!

Thanks Team Wilson for allowing me to auction the gear off....!


06-24-2008, 04:51 PM

06-24-2008, 05:35 PM
Did we bust 2k yet???

My BBF case auction is up to $92... :woot:

06-24-2008, 05:37 PM
Lunk, once your case auction cleas, I do believe that will push it over the 2K mark!

Just incredible the outpouring of blessing for Audit and his family. Just incredible. I shouldn't be wow-ed by this, because I do know so many users here are just great people.

06-24-2008, 07:04 PM

That is awesome news!!!

Thanks to JSanders for starting this.... Thanks to all who donated! Thanks to Wilson Sporting Goods! Thanks to Guess for the case that is getting auctioned and thanks to the awesome members of the BBF!!!

06-24-2008, 11:37 PM
Congratulations, gang! Wonderful work!! :)

John Clark
06-24-2008, 11:58 PM
This is amazing!

06-25-2008, 07:25 AM
Words can't even describe on how my wife and I feel right now.

Thanks everyone!

06-25-2008, 07:27 AM
We are all happy to help Audit! Hopefully this assists you in a way to get your life back in order.

06-25-2008, 07:29 AM

this is absolutely fantastic

beyond happy and willing to help

06-25-2008, 03:41 PM
up up and awaaaaaaaaaaayy

06-26-2008, 02:31 PM
JSanders, I wish you'd sent me an email or something about this. I just got a message from a friend about this...

Anyway, every little bit helps, so, small amount sent...

Kevin Michaluk
06-26-2008, 02:50 PM
Yeah, I just heard about this thread too. Wish I would have known sooner. I just sent some funds, I hope it helps out a bit.

Really sorry to hear about this Audit. Totally sucks. I hope things are getting back on track.

06-26-2008, 02:57 PM
Thanks to the CB guys Kevin and Navi! (y)

06-26-2008, 02:59 PM
Very nice Navi and Kevin. Thank you guys, immensely.

And everyone, again, thanks for your donation. I know Audit has been overwhelmed by this blessing and KNOWING his friends value his well-being.

The running total is OVER $2,350.00, which includes Lunkhead's custom Curve case auction and these recent donations.

John Clark
06-26-2008, 03:04 PM
Wow!! Thank you to all!

Thanks Kevin & Navi....I'm know it's very much appreciated.

06-26-2008, 03:05 PM
Just WOW! :smile:

06-26-2008, 03:18 PM
All I can say is thanks everyone. I really can't put how we feel in words right now and don't think we'll ever be able to say how we feel. I know that this makes running the dataoutages.com site that much more worth it for me just knowing how much it helps everyone else out there.

I've asked that the thread be closed but that's up to the mods. I just need to sit back and take this all in.

06-26-2008, 04:09 PM
Thanks Navi and Kevin

don't forget to check out the BAN EZ thread in off topic folks
it is to help as well

06-26-2008, 04:35 PM
I vote let it remain open!!!!

06-26-2008, 04:47 PM
I feel the same way EZ. John you are a great guy and I am so glad you are getting the help you need.

06-26-2008, 04:59 PM
cmon check this out folks


06-26-2008, 06:33 PM
I say let it stay open for a while as well.

06-27-2008, 12:32 AM
Glad you guys left it open. I haven't been on much lately, totally missed the BlackBerry for Dawg drive which I feel bad about, but managed to see this tonight before the thread was closed. Just donated $50!

06-27-2008, 06:19 AM
Way to go DF! Now about them Huskers......

06-30-2008, 07:37 AM
bumpitty bump

07-04-2008, 07:32 AM
okay folks

last day to save or ban me
cruise to the off-topic section
select which one ya wanna do and donate every dollar counts

besides there are some awesome prizes to be randomly given

to be eligible all you have to do is donate, please follow directions in the first thread of each post. no mnimum amout no max amount just donate PLEASE

07-06-2008, 01:02 AM
Will donate!!

07-13-2008, 09:14 PM
good luck

07-13-2008, 10:02 PM
i just made a donation by paypal i just found out about the need today. :smile: