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Help for Leslie Kung and Family in Iowa

kungThis week we are requesting donations to help Leslie Kung and her family. Their two youngest children tested positive for high levels of lead in their blood, the youngest tested positive just last month. As of the initial date of this posting (December 6, 2013) they have been denied assistance through the city grant program.

Your donation to help this family is tax-deductible as a contribution to the Lead Safe America Foundation.

We are posting Leslie’s Story here today, please check back for more details or feel free to email LSAF’s Executive Director, Tamara Rubin directly if you have questions:

Here is the link to our “Donate” page. With any donation to help this family (check or PayPal contribution) please include in the notes either “Iowa Family” or “Leslie’s Family” and we will make sure the designated funds go to help them directly.

The way our program works is that funds donated to help this family will be paid directly to vendors by the Lead Safe America Foundation.  For example, in this case we will likely pay temporary relocation costs directly to the landlord or vendor for their alternate housing and as Leslie and her husband plan on doing much of the work themselves (with the assistance of family) we will likely be purchasing several gift cards for them for supplies (as well as – as necessary – paying for professional independent hazard assessments/clearance testing and other services directly to certified vendors and EPA Contractors—unless, of course we are able to get those services donated directly by the vendors.)

Thank you for reading and for being interested in helping this family. Please share these links and posts on Facebook and twitter.


Tamara Rubin
Executive Director
Lead Safe America Foundation

We will also post updates here with total raised to date for this family.



10 Responses to Help for Leslie Kung and Family in Iowa

  1. Susan December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Have you checked for lead in the carseats?

    • Tamara December 7, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      In this particular case the lead is definitely coming from lead-paint hazards in the home. Thank you for your inquiry, Susan. Please keep sharing this story. As of right now we have raised $524.00 in support of this family.

      Tamara Rubin
      Executive Director
      Lead Safe America

    • Dale P Nystrom MD December 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Iowa leads the nation in the number of lead poisoned children less than 6 years of age. In 2011, according to the CDC, there were 30,852 children with lead levels greater than 5 mcg/dl. 1 in 7.9 children less than 6 yrs in Iowa are lead poisoned.

      • Tamara December 10, 2013 at 1:19 am #

        Thank you for posting Dale!
        – Tamara

  2. Sarah charbonneau December 7, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    Was there an inspection? What is the money going towards?

    • Tamara December 7, 2013 at 1:29 am #

      Hi Sarah, I came to their home two weeks ago and reviewed and evaluated all potential hazards. The list of what we intend to use the funds for can be found here. Our primary concern is getting the family into alternate housing a.s.a.p. As of this moment the total raised is $524.00. Thank you for your inquiry and please spread the word. I also just posted more about their story here.

      Tamara Rubin
      Executive Director
      Lead Safe America Foundation

  3. Anon December 7, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    that house is huge. they need money?

    • Tamara April 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      I expected a comment or two like this. Remember, this is Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In any other city this might be an expensive home – but here it is a low-income / first-time buyer entry home that needed lots of work.

  4. Brittany Truehitt December 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I donated but left off Leslie’s family in the notes. Can someone email me to rectify this so the funds go directly to her family? Thanks in advance,Tamara.

    • Tamara December 10, 2013 at 1:20 am #

      All funds that have come in over the last couple of days have been assumed for Leslie and I have been confirming with everyone too, will be posting update to donor list shortly. Thank you to you Brittany and to everyone who has contributed so far, we’ve raised just about $1,100 for Leslie and her family.
      – Tamara

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