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Our four hundred gallon original water tank is leaking. The tank is located on the 7th floor at Saratoga Towers. We need to have this tank replaced by two, two hundred gallon tanks as soon as possible. We have maintained the original tank for years with the leaks and now we know it has become increasingly imparative we replace the tank.

The cost of the tank is $24,000. However, as a great a challenege as this is, we will face even greater challeneges should the tank fail completely. The building was designed so water can flow from the tank, through the plumbing and down 7 floors to the rest of the building.  Should the tank fail, we could have an uncontrolled dumb of 400 gallons of water going into living quaters on the floors below the tank. This could cause us to face not only the costs related to replacement of the tank, but also many damaged apartments, common areas and having our residents displaced from their homes. We've been very lucky this far the tank hasn't leaked and to a point we can't handle; however, we know we must replace the tank before we have a true emergency on our hands. 

As you may be aware, our government funding has been cut year after year. This is why we are reaching out for help. We do not have the funds available to replace this tank and appreciate any donation you can provide. 

Please consider helping us before this becomes true devastation and a true emergecny. 

Please take a moment and check out our web site or call and talk to us. We'd be happy to tell you more about what we do, who we help and how you can make a difference.

All donations are welcome!

24,000 people at $1.00
4,800 people at $5.00
2,400 people at $10.00
960 people at $25.00
480 people at $50.00
320 people at $75.00
240 people at $100.00
48 people at $500.00
24 people at $1,000.00
1 person at $24,000.00

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Facebook celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a “Look Back” video that showcased a user’s time spent on Facebook, including their most liked posts and photos.

What it doesn’t show is how social media has evolved in the past 10 years with many businesses and organizations now giving back to their community in return for “Likes” on a business page.

New Community Christian Church in Morris recently ran a post stating if the Grundy County Housing Authority reached 1,000 likes, it would donate one month’s rent for one of the residents who live in Saratoga Tower.

“We heard about a need and saw a way to step in and help out,” Pastor Kevin Yandell said. “We want to motivate others to do the same by setting an example.”

In just a few days, the GCHA’s Facebook page garnered more than 1,000 likes and the church was writing a check.

Because rent is subsidized for people with disabilities and senior citizens at the housing authority, there is no set amount of rent. Each apartment’s rent varies based on the income of the resident(s). So Yandell said the church decided to write the check for $500.

At the February resident council meeting, all residents in attendance placed their names in a container and Ryan Howe won what turned out to be nearly two and a half months rent.

“It will help out a lot, I can save money and keep it for other expenses,” Howe said. “I so appreciate that they helped with the rent.”

Brent Newman, CEO of GCHA, said the average income for a resident at Saratoga Tower is $12,000 a year.

“Paying a month’s rent would help any of them tremendously,” Newman said.

New Community Christian Church learned about using Facebook for giving through one of its members, Jeff Eberhard, owner of EZ Auto Sales in Joliet.

Eberhard, who resides in Morris, has used his business page to give back to charities in both Will and Grundy counties for the past couple of years, typically writing checks for $500 to the charity he’s chosen. With his business page, he encourages “likes” to his page and in return donates to a local charity.

“You do it because there is such a need,” Eberhard said. “Facebook allows you to talk about something and creates an action, I just provide money to their action.”

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