Help the Family of Marissa Amora This Christmas

by December 15, 2008 • 7 comments

Many of you may remember the story of Marissa Amora that ran last year at the urging of Burnie Thompson, a local talk radio host on Talk Radio 101 FM.  When she was 2, Marissa was severely beaten and suffered injuries from her natural mother and her boyfriend that resulted in permanant brain damage.  She will live with this for all her life.

The State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families failed to act after multiple reports of abuse from the hospital that treated her injuries on multiple occasions.  The result was too gruesome for me to describe.  Having small children of my own, the thought of anything happening to a child nauseates me and makes my eyes water so bad I can barely see my screen. Marissa will wear diapers and eat through a tube for the rest of her life.

Dawn Amora and her husband of Marianna adopted Marissa when she was two and have been taking care of her every since. In addition to 6 other special needs children, Dawn works hard to ensure that these kids will never be institutionalized again.

A few years ago she was awarded a settlement from a suit against the State of Florida that was supposed to pay for Marissa’s medical expenses.  Two years later, the settlement hadn’t been paid and Dawn was still fighting with the State for assistance.

Last year, Burnie Thompson from Talk Radio 101 FM and his listeners raised an astounding 10,000 diapers for Marissa.  They loaded the diapers on a UPS truck donated for use specific to this purpose and delivered them to Marissa’s home in Marianna.

Dawn Amora and her husband own a small restaraunt in Marianna Florida called Cornerstone.  They work hard to provide for their 7 special needs kids, but it usually isn’t enough.  When Jason Lent from Shorehouse Furniture and Burnie Thompson went up to visit the family a few weeks back, they realized that the family was badly in need of new beds.  Four of the boys are sharing a room with old beds that badly needed to be replaced.

That’s when the idea hit him.  Lent, for the holidays, wanted to donate 4 beds to the family so the boys can have a new place to lay their head for the holidays.

We, at pcbdaily, are donating $200 to this cause and will drop off the check tomorrow at Shorehouse Furniture.  If you are looking for a way to give this Christmas season, please donate any money you can to the Amora family to get 4 new beds for the boys for Christmas.

All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by Shorehouse Furniture.  If you give $50, Shorehouse will match it with a donation of $50 of their own.

Donations started last Wednesday and will go through this Saturday.  I’ve been told by Burnie that he will be there on Saturday from 10 am to noon handing out pocket constitutions to anyone that donates to the New Beds for the Amora Boys Fund – regardless of amount.

I’ve been asked to stress that the settlement that Marissa Amora has received is specific to her medical expenses, meaning that the money cannot be used for anything other than the medical expenses of Marissa Amora.

Help these boys, donate for new beds at Shorehouse Furniture, located 1/2 mile east of Pier Park on the south side of Back Beach Road next to the Framed Picture Outlet, and please tell them you heard about it from pcbdaily.com.

Shorehouse Furniture – 1/2 mile east of Pier Park next to The Framed Picture Outlet
14301 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
850-236-0200
info (at) shorehousefurniture.com
www.ShoreHouseFurniture.com

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1 Mari December 16, 2008 at 7:41 am

Where is Shorehouse Furniture and is there a phone number to contact the owner about giving? Please email me with the information. Thanks!

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2 Jason Koertge December 16, 2008 at 8:02 am

Mari, Shorehouse Furniture is located 1/2 east of Pier Park next to the Framed Picture Outlet. I posted the address and contact information at the bottom of the article.

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3 Kerry December 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

Other than the money for the beds, are there other needs for the children? What are the ages, or do they have special wishes for other gifts, toys, etc?

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4 Mari December 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Jason…duh…it was too early to read properly!! Thanks for helping them by writing this article! It surely is the time to give…Christmas actually should be each and every day! Blessings and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah…and Happy New year!!

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5 Troy Steuwer December 18, 2008 at 10:55 am

Jason, you just made my day. If I had any extra cash I would donate it. Unfortunately, bills are on the rise this season and I won’t be able to donate.

I’ll try and see if I can get my father and mother to donate.

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6 Jason Koertge December 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Troy, totally understand. Just come out Saturday between 10 and noon and give 5 bux. Anything helps!

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