One of our close friends Al Bello and his family, recently survived Hurricane Sandy. Their house cannot say the same. They live in Merrick, NY which is located on Long Island. Last year, their home sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Irene. Just in the past couple of months, they completed the rebuild of their home from that storm only to have this larger storm come through and destroy the entire first floor again. As of 11/5/12, Al and his family are still without heat or electricity.
For those of you who don’t know Al he is a world-class photographer for Getty Images, and a selfless person who is always there to help out others. He is married to one of the sweetest human beings, Debbie, and they have two beautiful kids Nicole and Daniel. They have faced great adversity in the past couple of years, but you will never hear Al complain about it. Ever.
They face another long road of dealing with insurance, FEMA, contractors, temporary relocation, etc. When I asked Al last week “What can we do to help you guys?”, he replied “Can you build me a house?” Our hearts are breaking for them and we want to help. We can’t build a house but we can help to raise money for their family to help offset some of the financial burden from this repeat tragedy.
We have set up a benevolent fund for the Bello family at Comercia Bank. Donations can be made the following ways:
1. Send via paypal account AlBello55@yahoo.com
2. Wiring funds (routing # 121137522 and account #1894689049)
3. Making a deposit at any Comerica branch to account #1894689049 (Account name: The Bello Family Relief Fund)
4. Mailing a check to us made out to The Bello Family Relief Fund.
C/o Lauren Miralle
5751 Palmer Way Ste. H1
Carlsbad, CA 92010
100% of the funds donated will go directly to the Bellos. We have set up a facebook page for this athttp://www.facebook.com/TheBelloFamilyReliefEffort and please feel free to pass it along to anyone who you think can help. I know there are so many people who need our help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and thank you for taking the time to care for this incredible family!!!