Pinball friend lost everything in home fire - Request to help family

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Pinball friend lost everything in home fire - Request to help family


By PinballSTAR

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    My good friend and PinballSTAR staff member Jerry Witkosky lost his home, all his belongings, a dog and 2 cats today in a fire. Jerry works with in our booth at shows and many of you up and down the east coast know him from his deliveries of games to your homes. Hard working guy for his family now needs help. He also recently lost his dad who he was very close to so this is especially heartbreaking. Jerry is also a veteran of the US Navy. Fortunately he and his wife, son, and 4 grandkids escaped the fire unharmed.

    His daughter set up a Go Fund Me for the family and I sincerely ask for your help if you can give to our friend in his time of need. Jerry does alot for the pinball community and I know we can help him in return !!!

    https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-witkosky

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    #2 3 months ago

    Ugh, that sucks.....bumping this back up a little.

    #3 3 months ago

    That is f-ing horrible.. thanks for the link joe

    #4 3 months ago

    I know the loss of pets is even more heartbreaking than the loss of the home. I wish them the speediest recovery possible.

    Donation made, bumping back to top.

    #5 3 months ago

    bump. donation made.

    #7 3 months ago

    I know him & knew his dad, good people!

    #8 3 months ago

    Is there a way to donate via PayPal?

    #9 3 months ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    Is there a way to donate via PayPal?

    Chris ty... you can send to his PayPal at jwjr20@gmail.com
    Ty for your kindness
    Joe

    #10 3 months ago

    Ty to everyone who has helped Jerry and his family they have a long road ahead not just financially but emotionally I’m sure. He was down today but hoping the support he’s getting helps his spirits. Here’s a post he made today on FB. Hoping he gets the prayers and support he needs to be strong for his family.

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    #11 3 months ago
    Quoted from PinballSTAR:

    Chris ty... you can send to his PayPal at jwjr20@gmail.com
    Ty for your kindness
    Joe

    Glad to do it. I would rather send the money to this poor guy than have it sitting in my Paypal account so it was nice to have the option. Thanks for the info.

    #12 3 months ago

    Just donated. Keep this to the top.

    #15 3 months ago

    Putting some of that tax refund to good use bump. I'll keep them in my prayers.

    #16 3 months ago

    Thank you all for your support ! It means a lot to him. He works hard for all my customers and is an asset to the pinball community in general - always lending a hand where needed on the road or at shows. It's got to be hard to lose everything, but comforting to him so many people care.. TY...

    #17 3 months ago

    Bump for a good cause. I will be donating.

    #18 3 months ago

    Donation made.

    Bump

    #19 3 months ago

    Met Jerry when he came to my house to pick up a game. Really nice guy. Sorry to hear this news.
    Donation made.

    #20 3 months ago

    You're a good man for doing this Joe. Donation sent...

    #21 3 months ago

    Does he have insurance?? My best friends house burned down and they lost everything 5 years ago. But they came out of the whole deal with it being the biggest blessing of their lives. They got to rebuild a nicer house and there belongings were all upgraded. He will litterally tell you it was the best thing to happen to them. They had people giving them things and money and he was always telling them no because the insurance payed everything

    #22 3 months ago
    Quoted from srmonte:

    Does he have insurance?? My best friends house burned down and they lost everything 5 years ago. But they came out of the whole deal with it being the biggest blessing of their lives. They got to rebuild a nicer house and there belongings were all upgraded. He will litterally tell you it was the best thing to happen to them. They had people giving them things and money and he was always telling them no because the insurance payed everything

    On their contents yes - but most likely not enough to replace all, unfortunately on the house no. But not his fault - it was because the house was owned by a family member of his wife’s but they let insurance cancel unknown to anyone. So his most pressing issue is having a replacement place to live.

    I understand what you are saying to an extent, but I know many people who have been through this and it’s one of the hardest things they go through - insurance or not. Its certainly not a good thing anyone wishes for it enjoys.

    #23 3 months ago

    Paypal donation made and free bump...

    #24 3 months ago

    I donated. I can't imagine someone going through something like this.

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    #25 3 months ago

    Bumping this to the top and also added as a front page sticky for a few days. I hope some extra exposure helps!

    #26 3 months ago

    Donation sent.

    Hope Jerry and his family hang in there during this difficult time.

    #28 3 months ago

    Thank you Robin for the sticky.

    Donation made.

    #30 3 months ago
    Quoted from robin:

    Bumping this to the top and also added as a front page sticky for a few days. I hope some extra exposure helps!

    This is why you are awesome - doing something like that without being asked... TY ROBIN !
    Joe

    #31 3 months ago

    I had my home burn down when I was 16. The insurance company never paid my mom or even put her in a hotel. Coincidentally I was in another state. A lawsuit settled in my moms favor a couple years later.

    Losing everything in this way. No matter what happens, it sticks with you. I'm sorry this happened to him.

    #32 3 months ago

    Saw this on the front page, I've never met Jerry but he sounds like a good guy and I am so sorry to hear about the loss. Donation sent.

    #33 3 months ago

    Donated! Good luck to him!

    #34 3 months ago

    Thanks guys for posting as I almost missed this. Glad to help and all the best to them! Loads of money on here with all the members... if everyone would give a little they could easily surpass their goal. C'mon Pinside, open your wallets and hearts!!!

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    #35 89 days ago

    At just under $85 per donation I'm fairly impressed with some of the generosity from the people in this hobby. There are a handful of $500 donations from some interesting parties as well. Keep up the great work everyone.

    #36 89 days ago

    bump for the love of people and animals.

    #37 89 days ago

    Donated. Glad to help out a fellow Pinsider and a fellow Navy Vet. God Bless.

    #38 89 days ago

    Donated and a very worthwhile cause for a good guy.

    Jerry is at all the shows and delivers NIB pins from PinballStar to my buddy and I.

    #40 88 days ago

    Kept meaning to comeback to this thread and donate. There. Now that’s done.

    #41 88 days ago
    Quoted from Monk:

    At just under $85 per donation I'm fairly impressed with some of the generosity from the people in this hobby. There are a handful of $500 donations from some interesting parties as well. Keep up the great work everyone.

    Don't forget that an unknown number also donated via Paypal, make me feel good about this site.

    #42 88 days ago

    Check is in the mail. Bump.

    #44 84 days ago

    I got a call last week to ask if we can accept a check for Jerry, then this came in the mail with a heartfelt note. From someone who doesn’t even know him... I know this is going to brighten his struggles knowing people care.

    THANK YOU pinball community. Such good people !!!

    Joe

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    #45 84 days ago

    Happy to donate bump.

    #46 84 days ago

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for letting us know. I met Jerry and I believe his brother several months ago when they came to my house to drop off a WoZ. Really nice and great guys. Donation made thru paypal.

    #47 82 days ago

    If there is a mailing addres

    Quoted from PinballSTAR:I got a call last week to ask if we can accept a check for Jerry, then this came in the mail with a heartfelt note. From someone who doesn’t even know him... I know this is going to brighten his struggles knowing people care.
    THANK YOU pinball community. Such good people !!!
    Joe

    Can you accept another one? Address? Thanks.

    #48 82 days ago

    Donated - I hope that it helps toward recovery

    #49 82 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    If there is a mailing addres

    Can you accept another one? Address? Thanks.

    Why of course...
    Payable to Jerry Witkosky but you can send to
    PinballSTAR Amusements
    50 Fawn Drive
    Dallas, PA 18612

    TY very much for kindness and generosity.

    #50 82 days ago

    My best wishes for you to get back on your feet. Donated via Paypal.
    -Mike

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