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John Heck Needs Our Help

Blog Posted:11/4/2012 4:30:00 PM

Hey, Soupers... Bad news.

John Heck is one of Sandy's Victims and he needs our help.


These 3 messages has been posted on Facebook 10 minutes ago.

--Hey facebook, this is John's cousin, he said it is a war zone in Gerittsen Beach. He has lost everything as his apt was flooded to the ceiling. I know it is difficult to reach parts of brooklyn, but please help if you are in the area. He wanted me to post that he is in dire need of flashlights, c batteries, contractor bags, work gloves, tarp, water, candles, 32/30pants, sm/med shirts, socks If anyone is able to get through to Gerittsen Beach, 3 Ira Court, with any donations and or help, it would be greatly appreciated.

--He has to ration power to his phone, so it is kept turned off. Please leave a message for John at 917-678-xxxx *and he will return your call. Thank you for any help that you can give. Please feel free to call for moral support, it would mean a lot to him, trying to keep him strong.

--Please , spread the word, he is really down and out.

They have no water, sewer, power, gas, food, clothes...nothing.


John Heck
3 Ira Court
Brooklyn, NY 11229


* Soup Mail me if you want to call him, I'll give you the last 4 numbers.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

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  1. Date: 11/28/2012 8:28:00 PM
    Hi Ruben Have you heard anything from John? I know the shore and Staten Island will be a mess for a long time coming, but haven't heard much about Brooklyn lately. I hope he got my check a few weeks back. Kathy

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  1. Date: 11/22/2012 8:44:00 AM
    Have sent you new mail Ruben.."

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  1. Date: 11/17/2012 4:54:00 AM
    Hello Reuben, Please could you let John know that I was not able to send gloves to him. Yours Joe

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 11:27:00 AM
    Hello Reuben, Managed to send a relief parcel today - sorry it took such a long time. Hope everything picks up for John. Yours Joe

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  1. Date: 11/11/2012 12:28:00 PM
    Hello Ruben; I am rather appealed out.. so I cannot help like I would Wish.." "however I will send something" May God bless your efforts.."

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  1. Date: 11/11/2012 11:53:00 AM
    Catie said he got Tim's check. Those poor freezing people NJ is worse off than Brooklyn though and folks are crying out for help with the elderly and small children, I imagine their pets are in distress too! They have to repair the WIRING damaged by salt water or FIRES start

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  1. Date: 11/9/2012 7:07:00 AM
    I finally got that package sent out yesterday. I am so happy that now it is on it's way. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 11/7/2012 12:07:00 PM
    It took several days, but I managed to send down a package today. I was told there are delays ... but it should get there. John was sent socks, a LCD flashlight that requires no batteries, batteries, hat and gloves and tapered candles. Man, I packed the shoebox with as much as I could fit. The store across the street does not sell funny cards. LOL. I ended up picking him a Horton Hears a Who card (might just be strange enough to fit the bill). I am happy to hear that other soupers are able to send cheques... I doubt the package will get there before the storm! AWK! Those still struggling from the impact on Storm Sandy remain in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs agin to you Ruben. So thoughtful:)

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  1. Date: 11/6/2012 4:47:00 PM
    Ruben, it was so nice of you to put up this blog. This is a feel-good blog(not John's plight of course!)through and through. It is great to see people put certain issues into the past and reach out with a helping hand. I would like to help....I might simply send a cheque. I wonder if John has a power-source for his phone now? I have the other 4 numbers.

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/7/2012 7:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I haven't heard from him today, which leads me to believe that he has no where to power up his phone at present.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 11/6/2012 4:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debbie drove to meet John personally -- wonderful to 'see'....:D
  1. Date: 11/6/2012 6:33:00 AM
    Yes of course I want to help!...Can't send food and supplies but I can send a that okay?? - Tim

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/6/2012 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's NOT ok...It's wonderful! Thank you, Tim!
  1. Date: 11/6/2012 3:17:00 AM
    Can you please send me his address ( postal) privately? Thank-you

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/6/2012 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I sent you the address, Patricia. Thank you so much.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 10:25:00 PM
    I have the address and the number. Thanks Ruben.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/6/2012 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Im glad to see you here. Thank YOU, Vince!
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 7:03:00 PM
    John was smiling believe it or not, his street is so full of what had to be thrown out cars can barely move! There has been no pick up yet. There are temporary flood lights on street corners I guess to stop any potential looting? John's Mom is a sweet lady and she has a cute small/teeny pup! I'm not sure when the power will come on because the salt water has damaged folks wiring and house fires have been started. It may take a house to house check by the electric company.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/6/2012 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I can imagine that moment... and, believe me, I feel a strong emotion. What a great gesture, dear Deborah. People like you "make" God possible...and visible. A big hug.
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/5/2012 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Fema has not got to his neighborhood yet, folks stopped me and asked if I was FEMA? [Wish I had brought candles! grrrrrr I had to get in and OUT of there before rush hour & try to get home before dark..don't see well after dark]
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 5:31:00 PM
    for now, please tell joe that i hold him dear in my prayers... using a credit card here to send donations abroad is very risky... i'lll see what else i can do.. thanks, ruben!..)

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 6:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Nette.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 4:21:00 PM
    Hi, Ruben.... I haven't had time for the soup... Maybe it was a big mistake going back to work.. LOL.. My restaurant is keeping me real busy. I'll be back... hopefully all night... I miss you guys...

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It really was a big mistake! : )
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 3:36:00 PM
    I spoke to john just a few minutes ago on the phone. first of all, (to Debbie) he wants me to let you know that he is so grateful for the clothes and supplies you brought to him. He Thanks you with all his heart. and to those who wish to donate, he says he mostly needs tapered candles, sweat suits, and tube socks. He wants me to Thank you all for your concern, your well wishes and your prayers. He said that what would really cheer him up is funny greeting cards, he asks for funny or sarcastic. That's his sense of humor! He and his mom are hanging in there, doing their best, and moving in a forward direction towards recovering from Sandy. love and hugs to all. Catie :)

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/5/2012 5:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hey Ruben, John also sends his heart felt thanks to you for putting up this blog. hugs, Catie :)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 4:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, we know what he really needs now. Thank you Catie for this update.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 12:30:00 PM
    Will do all I can Ruben. Thank you for posting this blog. Love, Carol XXX

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 12:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Carol!
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 12:04:00 PM
    Ruben, You are such a dear friend to be helping John like this. I wish i could do more, but will send him what I can. I havew been out of work for 6 yerars now (paid work, still have several volunteer jobs)

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 12:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anything will be very appreciated, Joann. Thank you.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 11:51:00 AM
    I would call this a comedy of errors, but there is nothing funny about this for John. After a night that involved 3 wake-ups my girl awoke at 6am. Then I gave up trying to gather items, realized the cost of trying to send a small box and decided to get a money order or moneygram. Then low and behold my debit card wouldn't work because some toad somewhere managed to steal my ID and somehow I bought something in the Phillipines (HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SOUP. ) So the bank froze my card for my own safety. Will have to go to the bank. So I decided to use credit. Well, you can't use credit for a money order or moneygram! Will try again tomorrow. So sorry. Hope others reach him first!

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/6/2012 10:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry to hear about the identity theft! that's AWFUL!
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/6/2012 10:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Cyndi :) It's a 32 inch waist and 30 inch length. I don't think they have a camp stove. I hope they are prepared for tomorrow's Nor'easter, and I hope they go somewhere safe and warm to ride out Wednesdays storm. love and hugs, catie :)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 12:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have no idea if he has a camp stove...I dont think so. His pants size: 32/30. Thank you for your concern and help, Cyndi.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/5/2012 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben, is that a 38 waist and a 30 leg or the other way around? My hubby has some pants in that size, good condition, which are a wee snug. I could roll up a pair with a flashlight, few batteries. I have a shoe box and I should be able to mail it tomorrow. Do you know if he has a campstove? Can he warm anything?
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 10:06:00 AM
    Okay, I checked the net. According the USPS, mail may be slow, delayed or rerouted but it is going through 100%. After more consideration, I am just going to send a small mail cheque to him (I think the Canada Post across the street does international mail voucher???) gotta fly... girl is craknky

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I just checked the website, they're delivering. Thank you so much, Cyndi.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 9:50:00 AM
    Ruben! I called the UPS store across the street, the place I was going to send a package and they said that UPS IS NOT GOING TO THIS AREA AT THIS TIME. Has anyone confirmed with the US POSTAL SERVICES that ANY mail is going through? This is awful. I had found a small box and had started gathering a few thing together. I may call the USA postal service myself. Man, I've seen the footage, and now the cold is coming. Prayers sent... cyndi

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  1. Date: 11/5/2012 8:22:00 AM
    Yeah, for those of us on the west coast, sending a package could cost more than the contents of the package, so I do agree with Andrea. But, nonetheless, i am sending a small package of underclothes. Yes, he needs everything! I am also sending a little money. I would suggest to all that wish to help, but cannot afford the postage, to send a money order or check his way. They are in such dire need. Love to all. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 11/5/2012 8:07:00 AM
    That's really horrible for him, Ruben. Thanks for the address. would you soupmail me if a little cash would help? It would be too expensive for me to send items thru the mail if he can just buy a few things with a little cash.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    He has lost everything...anything would help. Thank you so much, Andrea.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 5:37:00 AM
    Do you know if the roads are cleared? Is traffic moving in and out?

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I just read what Catie posted on Facebook about you and your beautiful heart. God bless you.
  1. Date: 11/5/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Thanks for letting us know...Sara

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/5/2012 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're welcome, Sara.
  1. Date: 11/4/2012 6:44:00 PM
    I will gladly help......I have had his address in my book from another time, and have been wondering and hoping that he wasn't a victim....but if anyone were to look on Google's Street View website...where John's apartment is located, it is easy to imagine how destructive and frightening this storm may have close to the water. A loss of this kind is devasting...let's all help if we can. Thanks Ruben for letting us know.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/4/2012 6:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank YOU for your help, Carrie!
  1. Date: 11/4/2012 6:25:00 PM
    cont....he has lost much of his professional wardrobe too, which of course was in his apartment. I have not heard how his mom is doing. I hope she made it through. I am sending a package, and what funds i can. i tried to call him a bit ago, but of course, it went to voicemail, so I left him a message. Please join me, PLEASE put the past in the past, and lets open our hearts to him and be of some help, in any way we can. Thanks. love and hugs to all. Catie :)

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/4/2012 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What a wonderful human being you are, dear Catie! Thank you so much for these words.
  1. Date: 11/4/2012 6:24:00 PM
    Okay, i guess it's time to put away my petty grudges, and actually be a help to someone I care about. John lives in a basement apartment, in his mother's home. He takes care of her. We do not know if the upstairs was flooded, but it may have been. I hope they got to higher ground during the storm. Since his apt is in the basement, so is his computer, which no doubt has been ruined, and his beloved music collection, he had thousands of Cd's, and you know, lots of them were his Broadway show tunes. John is an actor. If he has no clothes, he cannot go work. he cannot make auditions nor arrive on time to the sets they are shooting from.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:05:00 PM
    I would send him a package of flashlights and batteries, candles and some food, but will it get there? Does the help need to be closer to home? Sorry to hear of his plight. So many affected by this. Ruben, hon, thank you for letting us know about his situation and trying to get the ball rolling with aid. Prayers sent... hugs from Cyndi.... I'll check back later... I have no idea how long it would take for my package to get there ... two days? Are they delivering mail????

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/4/2012 5:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    His cousin posted the address; I think they're delivering mail. Thank you so much, Cyndi.
  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:05:00 PM
    Aww Ru thats heart breaking, the poor man losing everything.. being 12000 miles away im not much help but if someone has an account I could send a little bit of money to buy him some stuff.. Let me know hun.. xxx

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    Edwards Avatar Tracie Edwards Date: 11/4/2012 9:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Leve it with me Ru ill think of something.. xx
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/4/2012 5:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Tracie....Where do you live?... In Australia?? : ) You cannot send a package... but you can send good thoughts, vibes, and prayers to him. It would mean a lot to him. Im going to send a check to the address above, I think is the easy way. Thanks.

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Steal The Show Coupletdaughter,family,father,lo
When God Calls Me Home Quatrainforgivenessgod,sorry,god,
In His Bed Rhymelost love,passion,time,ti
Erosion (haiku) Haikunatural disasters,nature
Cosset Lilies Haikunature
sequence-SIXTH SENSE Lanternepeople,visionary
All The Time Free verselove
Breathe Free versesad
Dear Ex Free verselife,recovery from...rain
Out of the Park Free versefather,son,
Did I Remember To Tell You Daddy I do not know?anniversary,daughter,deat
Thoughts of a life to come Senryulife
Riding Horses with Dad Rhymedad,father,sky,
For My Daddy Narrativefather,forgiveness,love
A man i'll never be Rhymededication,devotion,fathe
I LOVE YOU BARBARA JEAN Haikugirlfriend-boyfriend,love
A REFLECTION Fibonaccifaith
Twilight Free versehappiness,love
Elegy for Michael Jackson (1) Elegydeath,dedication,historyt
Elegy for Michael Jackson (2) Elegydeath,dedication,historyf
Elegy for Michael Jackson (3) Elegydeath,music,nostalgiadanc
Elegy for Michael Jackson (4) Elegydeath,dedication,historyl
Tongue Twister I do not know?computer-internet,friends
A Captive Heart Free versedepression,nostalgia
Water Strider Haikunature
Madness(2) Blank versewar
KNOWING YOU Kyrielleinspirational,life
You kill with Your Hate Blank versewarname,name,
Exhuming The Essence Narrativehope,love,passionme,
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO Light Poetryanniversary,holiday
How it feels Free versedepression,life
Snaping To Wonderland (Page 1) Free verseme,me,
Three in a Booth Free versechildhood,family,loveday,
In His Bed Part 2 Rhymepassionlonging,body,,gigg
Today Narrativeangst,depression,life,sad
GREAT POETS TO THANKS! Verselife,loveme,me,

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