yanked this from the Virginia Forum. Grapeshot's always been decent to me, i'm going to see what i can do to help.

One of our members needs our help

Hopefully this is going to be understood by our Administrator because it's important. A little long winded too

A couple of weeks ago, I had a puncture wound in my chest. That's not unusual, I'm always cutting myself. It got infected, pretty badly and I was down for a few days.

Grapeshot kept up with me to make sure I wasn't dead and then one day he PM'ed me that he was afraid he would have to check into MCV that evening.

Now Grapeshot dislikes hospitals almost as much as I do, so I knew it was serious. He did go there. Tests were done, surgery was performed and then a long (By my standards) observation period in the hospital. He didn't get any better so a second operation was done, this one with a little more hacking than the first.

All the time Skidmark was holding his hand, Diane was by his side, his Son was taking care of matters at his house and once in a while, I'd go get him in trouble with the Tobacco Cops.

He was finally released this week and is recovering at his Son's home.

Grapeshot has never discussed his financial situation with me other than the normal griping that we older people do as far as complaining about how it's getting harder to lift this or drive nails straight.

I did have my suspicions though and after losing a couple of weeks of work plus some hospital time, it appears my suspicions were correct.
He has some financial troubles that will take some fixing. Even though I've discussed this with him, he's still unhappy about my posting this.

He has some property tax issues, hospital bills, utility bills and other outstanding bills. He won't be able to do much in the way of work anymore and has applied for Social Security. That will take some time to start. This is pretty serious.

Grape is a friend, a darn good friend but even if I didn't know him, I'd know his reputation of being one of the hardest working activists in this state.
He's also a moderating force that bridges the gap between those sides with zero tolerance.
He's given a tremendous amount to us...now he needs some support.

His family is doing all they can but he still needs additional help.
I'm not going to ask for donations. I know every person here is feeling the squeeze these days, including myself....but I dug in the sugar jar and am sending him a hundred dollars.
At this point, even five or ten dollars makes a big difference.

Diane is working out some way to collect funds that people wish to send. She hasn't finished that yet but if this post stays up, I'll post it as soon as I know.

I'm going to finish this by saying that I know many of you have your own crosses to bear. This isn't a contest or even an obligation. Good wishes, fellowship and prayers are better than cash. For those that can shoot a box less of ammo one week, it will be appreciated more than you know.

and finally:

Donating to Grapeshot

Greetings all! This is Grapeshot's Daughter-in-Law. While I'm not active on the forum, some of you may recall my participation in the Nightline interview that took place at the VCDL picnic held in Newport News.

On behalf of Grapeshot and our family, we can't possibly express in words how much your support means. We've been deeply touched and feel extremely lucky to be associated with such an extraordinary group of people. To simply say "Thank You" just isn't enough-the impact of the kindness shown is too profound. God bless you all!

For those who wish to donate to the "Grapeshot Assistance Fund", below is a link that will direct you to a secure Paypal connection. Donations are being accepted through "Sharp Office Solutions LLC" on behalf of Grapeshot. You are not required to have a Paypal account in order to donate.


Please feel free to contact me through my forum profile with any questions or concerns. The biggest of "THANK YOUS" to you all for your words and acts of kindness!!!!!

Grapeshot Assistance - Where to send checks and/or money orders

I've been made aware that there are questions in regards to where checks and/or money orders can be sent in support of Grapeshot. Following is the information:

Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Grapeshot Assistance Fund"

The checks are being directed through the following law firm and can be mailed to this address:

Billy & Seli, P.C.
4121 Cox Road, Suite 107
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Attn: Office Manager

The funds through Paypal are being processed through an account named "Sharp Office Solutions, LLC", which is an account that belongs to me (and has been long established).

I apologize for not posting this information sooner! My time has been slightly limited as Grapeshot is recovering at our house & has kept me hopping!

We are pleased with the response to date from everyone who has donated money and shown their support. A lot of tears shed here, that's for sure. We'll never be able to thank all of you enough. Never.